After completing a fantastically dominant treble by winning the DFB-Pokal earlier today, Bayern Munich have strongly reconsidered letting their manager Jupp Heynckes go.
Heynckes is “retiring” after the club decided to bring in Pep Guardiola for next season, but now after the success of this season, president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is attempting to keep the German from leaving.
Rummenigge said after the Cup win, “I told him (Heynckes) two weeks ago at the Bundesliga title celebration that he has a kind of ‘Carte Blanche’ with us. If he can imagine it, we would like to keep him in some capacity at Bayern.”
The role Heynckes would ultimately play with Guardiola coming in would probably be in a small advisor role, and if he’s offered another managerial job at a big club (like, oh I don’t know, Real Madrid), that would probably be much more enticing.
Either way, Rummenigge says he’s glad Heynckes is potentially leaving on good terms. “I have always told him, ‘Jupp, there are two ways to say goodbye at Bayern Munich: by the front door or out the back. That’s why I am glad that Jupp will now leave out of the front door. People have huge respect for him and he is earning plenty of applause. There is no better farewell for him, he deserves it and I am very happy for him.”
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.