Bayern Munich will not exercise their option to sign James Rodriguez on a permanent deal, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

The Colombia international has spent the past two seasons on loan at the Allianz Arena from Real Madrid, winning two Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal.

Bayern reportedly had the option to sign James for €42million and Rummenigge claimed as recently as March that the club were hopeful of making his transfer permanent.

However, it has now been revealed that will not be the case, with James having told Bayern he did not wish to stay.

Rummenigge told Sport 1: "In principle, the decision was made because he [James] came to me before the end of the season and asked me not to activate the option.

"His agent [Jorge Mendes] also called me again last week. Activating the option now against his will makes no sense.

"You should not hire a player for €42million with an appropriate salary if you cannot offer him a firm position."

James has been linked with a switch to Napoli and a reunion with his former Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, the man who brought him to Munich.

He scored 14 Bundesliga goals in 43 appearances for Bayern and Rummenigge said the club's decision is not a reflection on his quality.

"I've always said that I'm a fan of his game culture. His left foot is exceptional, his scoring also," he added. 

"He was a high-quality player [for Bayern]."

Jurgen Klopp admitted he was flattered by Franz Beckenbauer's effusive praise, but reiterated his future is at Anfield after the Bayern Munich legend stated his wish to see the Liverpool boss in Bavaria.

Beckenbauer, a former Bayern player and manager, spoke about his admiration for the Liverpool manager, describing him as "one of the world's best coaches" and expressing his hope that Klopp will one day take over at the Germany champions.

Klopp, who guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in Madrid on Saturday, reminded Beckenbauer that he is tied to a contract at Anfield that runs until June 2022, but indicated that anything is possible beyond that.

"I like Franz - and he likes me. But I have a long-term contract in Liverpool," Klopp told Bild.

"If Franz says something like that, I much prefer that than if he would say, 'Klopp cannot do anything'.

"However, both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have very good coaches. And what could be in five years or more... I do not know.

"Maybe there will be completely different coaches in contention."

In the aftermath of Liverpool winning Europe's premier club competition for the sixth time, speculation is mounting over the future of Klopp's star players.

The transfer window is open and the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are being linked with audacious swoops for Reds forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, as well as defender Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp said he had no fears of losing his key players, saying none of them bade him a telling goodbye at the end of a stunning season at Anfield.

"It was not like one of them said farewell to me for a long time," said the 51-year-old.

"I think the players know what an extraordinary club they're playing for, so I'm not worried about that."

Fiorentina have quashed claims they could sell star winger Federico Chiesa this summer.

Inter were linked with a move for the Italy international over the weekend, with newspaper reports claiming he is wanted by new Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte.

However, Fiorentina issued a statement on Monday, stating the club's conviction that Chiesa will remain in Florence.

"We continue to read news spread by others about the future of Chiesa and where he should play next season," the club statement read.

"The current ownership would like to make it clear that Federico is a Fiorentina player who is tied to the club on a long contract, and therefore, as far as we are concerned, he should become the symbolic player for the team that is being built."

Chiesa, 21, is the son of former Italy striker Enrico Chiesa and joined Fiorentina as a schoolboy.

He has established himself in the Viola first team over the past three seasons, recently becoming a regular feature in Roberto Mancini's Italy side.

Fiorentina finished a lowly 16th in Italy's top division last season, while Inter took fourth place before replacing coach Luciano Spalletti with former Juventus, Chelsea and Azzurri boss Conte.

Serie A champions Juventus and Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich have also been linked as possible suitors of Chiesa in recent weeks.

Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer spoke of his desire to one day see Jurgen Klopp take over as head coach at the Allianz Arena.

Klopp's reputation as one of the world's best coaches was enhanced further after he guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in a 2-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

En route to the final in Madrid, Klopp's side defeated Bayern in the last 16 and Beckenbauer stated his admiration for the former Borussia Dortmund boss after that tie.

And Beckenbauer, who represented Die Roten as a player and coach, is eager to see Klopp return to Germany in the future with Bayern.

"I wish for nothing more than that one day he will come to Bayern," he told Bild.

"That would fit... for me he is one of the world's best coaches. What he started in Dortmund he has refined with Liverpool."

Beckenbauer also expressed his belief that managing a team in the Premier League is more difficult than in the Bundesliga.

"I think a job in England is going to rob you of your strength," he added.

"You have even more responsibility as a so-called manager at a Premier League club than a coach in the Bundesliga."

Uli Hoeness reiterated Bayern Munich's chances of signing Manchester City winger Leroy Sane are unlikely due to the "insane" sums it would require for a deal happen.

Sane's future at the Etihad Stadium has been the subject of much debate in recent months and he has been linked with a big-money to Bayern, who are in the market for reinforcements following the exits of veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Reports in Germany suggest a first bid of €80million has already been rejected by City and Bayern president Hoeness said last week that the "financial framework is difficult".

That was a theme Hoeness revisited when discussing a potential move for Germany star Sane with Kicker.

"You have to be a bit sceptical," he said.

"It's unlikely that it will work. It's about the sums of money [involved]. They're insane."

Sane scored 10 Premier League goals and provided as many assists as City retained their title last month.

Jurgen Klopp is a major trophy winner again after 2,576 days.

Klopp's Liverpool proved too strong for Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, an early penalty from Mohamed Salah setting them on their way before substitute Divock Origi settled it with three minutes to go.

It ends a miserable run for Klopp, who had lost his previous six major finals spanning his spell on Merseyside and at previous club Borussia Dortmund.

 

Here, we look back at Klopp's finals misery before he finally had cause for celebration.
 

2012 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 5 Bayern Munich 2

Shinji Kagawa gave Dortmund an early lead, one that was restored by Mats Hummels' penalty after Bayern's Arjen Robben had converted a spot-kick of his own. Robert Lewandowski then took centre-stage with a hat-trick as Klopp's Dortmund closed out a domestic double.

2013 Champions League final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 2

The Klassiker rivals reconvened for the following year's Champions League final at Wembley but Jupp Heynckes' Bayern now held the upper hand. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring before Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan converted a 68th-minute penalty. Franck Ribery's backheel was snaffled by Robben for the winner a minute from time and Bayern would go on to complete the treble.

2014 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 2 (aet)

Pep Guardiola and Klopp were first pitted against each other when the Catalan took the reins at Bayern from Heynckes for 2013-14 and duly cantered to Bundesliga glory. Dortmund ended up 19 points behind their rivals but the 2014 DFB-Pokal final was a tight and keenly contest affair – goalless after 90 minutes before Robben and Thomas Muller struck in extra time.

2015 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Wolfsburg 3

Klopp's final season at Dortmund threatened to implode completely before a recovery after the turn of the year averted a feared relegation battle and sealed Europa League qualification. A dream farewell looked to be in prospect but they were outgunned in the Pokal by a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired Wolfsburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poached an early opener for BVB but Luiz Gustavo, De Bruyne and Bas Dost all struck in a 16-minute period where goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak did not cover himself in glory.  

2016 EFL Cup final: Liverpool 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 1-3 on penalties)

Picking up the pieces from the disappointing denouement of Brendan Rodgers' reign, Klopp galvanised Liverpool in the 2015-16 season and had an early shot at silverware. Philippe Coutinho forced extra time after fellow Brazil international Fernandinho opened the scoring for City. The shoot-out was all about an Argentinian, though, as Willy Caballero saved from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and Adam Lallana – allowing Yaya Toure to dispatch the winning penalty.

2016 Europa League final: Liverpool 1 Sevilla 3

The Reds rebounded from that setback to plot a path to the Europa League final, thanks in part to an astonishing comeback against Klopp's old employers Dortmund. Daniel Sturridge dispatched an exquisite 35th-minute opener with the outside of his left boot, only for competition specialists Sevilla to turn the game on its head after the interval. Kevin Gameiro levelled from the restart and a roving Coke struck twice as Unai Emery's team won their third consecutive title.

2018 Champions League final: Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 3

The Liverpool side Klopp took to his next showpiece was a different beast altogether, operating entirely in line with his high-intensity tactical demands. However, the most valuable part of his ensemble, Salah, was infamously injured in a first-half tussle with Sergio Ramos. Another member of Klopp's vaunted forward line, Sadio Mane, did find the target to equalise but it would be a game bookended by hideous Loris Karius errors and a Gareth Bale wondergoal.

Sven Ulreich has been called up to the Germany squad for the first time after a thumb injury ruled Arsenal's Bernd Leno out of Die Mannschaft's forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia.

Bayern Munich's Ulreich made just nine Bundesliga appearances as his side won the title in 2018-19 but Germany's goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke said he had earned his chance for the national team after deputising ably for Manuel Neuer at Allianz Arena.

Ulreich joins Neuer and Eintracht Frankfurt's Kevin Trapp in Germany's squad for the qualifiers, the first of which is the trip to Belarus on June 8th. 

Kopke told AZ: "Sven deserves this call-up.

"When he was needed this season, he was there and showed top performances at Bayern, 

"That is a great quality."

Leno was an unused substitute in Arsenal's 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea but Kopke indicated the 27-year-old has been struggling for some time.

"I know Bernd is suffering from pain for weeks," said Kopke.

"The thumb is immobilised with a bracer so we have to do without him in the upcoming games."

Franck Ribery looks unlikely to move to Australia's A-League after Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel accepted the Frenchman is too expensive for them.

Ribery played his last match for Bayern Munich in the 3-0 DFB-Pokal final win over RB Leipzig last week, bringing his 12-year stay to a close.

The 36-year-old has no plans to retire, however, and he is open to offers, recently suggesting a move to Sydney to link up with former Bayern defender Babbel was a possibility.

Babbel has tried to make that a reality, though he now accepts it is unrealistic having discussed the potential move with his club's chairman.

"The current state is such that we cannot afford him," Babbel told Sky Germany. "I've had a long talk with our chairman and unfortunately he's not ready to go that deep.

"But the door is still open. If he wants to lead a beautiful life, even with his family, he would have absolute peace and serenity with us.

"Australia would be the perfect place for that. You live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and have a fantastic lifestyle.

"From a footballing point of view, of course, he would be the rock star here. Some of my players would probably be frozen in awe, but the whole Ribery package is not affordable for us right now."

Jurgen Klopp masterminded a stunning 97-point season in the Premier League only to be pipped on the final day by a relentless Manchester City.

In many respects, it would feel cruel for such a phenomenal side to finish the campaign without a trophy.

But that is exactly what will happen if Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League shock troops can seal silverware for Tottenham at Liverpool's expense in Madrid.

Klopp must overcome Spurs, as well as a wretched individual record in major finals.

Here, we look at some memories the charismatic German will hope to banish on Saturday.

2012 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 5 Bayern Munich 2

Shinji Kagawa gave Dortmund an early lead, one that was restored by Mats Hummels' penalty after Bayern's Arjen Robben had converted a spot kick of his own. Robert Lewandowski then took centre-stage with a hat-trick as Klopp's Dortmund closed out a domestic double. It remains his last victory in a final.

2013 Champions League final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 2

The Klassiker rivals reconvened for the following year's Champions League final at Wembley but Jupp Heynckes' Bayern now held the upper hand. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring before Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan converted a 68th-minute penalty. Franck Ribery's backheel was snaffled by Robben for the winner a minute from time and Bayern would go on to complete the treble.

2014 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 2 (aet)

Pep Guardiola and Klopp were first pitted against each other when the Catalan took the reins at Bayern from Heynckes for 2013-14 and duly cantered to Bundesliga glory. Dortmund ended up 19 points behind their rivals but the 2014 DFB-Pokal final was a tight and keenly contest affair – goalless after 90 minutes before Robben and Thomas Muller struck in extra time.

2015 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Wolfsburg 3

Klopp's final season at Dortmund threatened to implode completely before a recovery after the turn of the year averted a feared relegation battle and sealed Europa League qualification. A dream farewell looked to be in prospect but they were outgunned in the Pokal by a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired Wolfsburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poached an early opener for BVB but Luiz Gustavo, De Bruyne and Bas Dost all struck in a 16-minute period where goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak did not cover himself in glory.  

2016 EFL Cup final: Liverpool 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 1-3 on penalties)

Picking up the pieces from the disappointing denouement of Brendan Rodgers' reign, Klopp galvanised Liverpool in the 2015-16 season and had an early shot at silverware. Philippe Coutinho forced extra time after fellow Brazil international Fernandinho opened the scoring for City. The shoot-out was all about an Argentinian, though, as Willy Caballero saved from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and Adam Lallana – allowing Yaya Toure to dispatch the winning penalty.

2016 Europa League final: Liverpool 1 Sevilla 3

The Reds rebounded from that setback to plot a path to the Europa League final, thanks in part to an astonishing comeback against Klopp's old employers Dortmund. Daniel Sturridge dispatched an exquisite 35th-minute opener with the outside of his left boot, only for competition specialists Sevilla to turn the game on its head after the interval. Kevin Gameiro levelled from the restart and a roving Coke struck twice as Unai Emery's team won their third consecutive title.

2018 Champions League final: Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 3

The Liverpool side Klopp took to his next showpiece was a different beast altogether, operating entirely in line with his high-intensity tactical demands. However, the most valuable part of his ensemble, Mohamed Salah, was infamously injured in a first-half tussle with Sergio Ramos. Another member of Klopp's vaunted forward line, Sadio Mane, did find the target to equalise but it would be a game bookended by hideous Loris Karius errors and a Gareth Bale wondergoal.

A deal to bring Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich from Manchester City is looking increasingly difficult from a financial perspective, according to the Bundesliga champions' president Uli Hoeness.

Bayern are embarking on a rebuild over the coming months as they look set to move on several ageing players, with Rafinha, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery all departing.

As such, Bayern are being heavily linked with a number of younger wingers and Sane has emerged as a primary target, with the club doing little to hide their desire to sign him.

The German joined City from Schalke in 2016 and, after a promising first season, he exploded in 2017-18, scoring 10 Premier League goals and setting up another 15 as he was named the Professional Footballers' Association's Young Player of the Year.

Although he appeared to lose some of Pep Guardiola's trust in 2018-19, City are reported to be holding out for at least £70million for the 23-year-old and Hoeness accepts a deal looks unlikely.

Hoeness told Sport Bild: "I do not have exact numbers yet, but I think that the financial framework is very difficult. The whole package is difficult."

Bayern have already agreed deals for France World Cup winners Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez and Hamburg prodigy Jann-Fiete Arp, while they are being linked with Juventus star Paulo Dybala.

Borussia Dortmund would benefit from the experience of Bayern Munich outcast Jerome Boateng, according to Stefan Effenberg.

Dortmund were top of the Bundesliga table for long periods of the 2018-19 season but ultimately fell short as Bayern sealed a seventh consecutive title on the final day of the campaign.

And former Bayern star Effenberg feels Dortmund's young side suffered for their lack of experience in such situations.

Boateng has featured throughout the champions' run of triumphs but appears set to leave this close-season, prompting Effenberg to suggest Dortmund as an ideal landing spot.

"At Borussia Dortmund, they were missing one or two experienced players for the title - especially in central defence," the 2000-01 Champions League winner said in quotes published on t-online.de.

"BVB should therefore really think about Jerome Boateng. He would be the perfect stabiliser to seriously fight for the title and even win. Boateng is the player you need for the next step.

"And it would be quite realistic, because Boateng is done in Bavaria. Dortmund are definitely the only club in the Bundesliga that could do it."

Boateng, 30, held talks with Paris Saint-Germain last year and has been advised by Bayern president Uli Hoeness to leave the club.

Dortmund have already signed Nico Schulz, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt.

Real Madrid have overtaken Manchester United to become Europe's most valuable club, according to KPMG.

The 2019 report, which calculates the "enterprise value" of Europe's top 32 clubs, has found that Madrid - Champions League winners last season - are now ahead of United, who had been outright leaders in the past two years.

KPMG found that Madrid's on-field success, with three consecutive Champions League triumphs, has led to an increase in commercial revenue - up 41 per cent over three years - as well as UEFA prize money.

United have slipped to second place, while Barcelona are down to fourth, below Bayern Munich in third.

Bayern's 25 per cent value increase over three years is enough to take them above LaLiga giants Barca, whose increased staffing costs have contributed to a three per cent decrease in that time.

Manchester City stayed fifth, followed by Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Serie A champions Juventus, who were down one place to 10th.

The biggest year-on-year increase in the 2019 report was that of Inter, up 41 per cent, with Champions League finalists Liverpool and Tottenham next.

The Premier League has nine clubs included in the 32, as Leicester City, West Ham and Everton join the traditional big six. These teams account for 43.4 per cent of the elite European clubs' total aggregate value.

Celtic, the sole Scottish Premiership representative, and Villarreal have climbed into the top 32, with Valencia and Fenerbahce dropping out.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Leroy Sane would be Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery's successor if he decided to leave Manchester City for the Bundesliga champions.

Sane – who is contracted to City until 2021 – has been linked with a move to Bayern following back-to-back Premier League titles in Manchester.

With Bayern greats Robben and Ribery leaving Allianz Arena, Germany international forward Sane has emerged as a target for the Bavarian giants.

And Rummenigge talked up a move for Sane, who left boyhood club and Bundesliga side Schalke for City in 2016.

"You shouldn't forget that he still has two years contract and that Manchester City don't just sells their players because they need to," Rummenigge said.

"This will be difficult. But I think that the player has to be convinced to have the joy for playing here at Bayern.

"He would be the successor of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery which is very interesting. As a player, this would be a good incentive I think."

France internationals and World Cup winners Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard have already agreed to join Bayern in the off-season, however, James Rodriguez could be set to leave Munich.

Colombia international James swapped Real Madrid for Bayern on a two-year loan deal in 2017, with a €42million option to buy.

But James struggled with injuries and game time under head coach Niko Kovac in 2018-19 – the 27-year-old starting just 13 of his 20 Bundesliga appearances.

Asked about James, Rummenigge said: "We'll definitely meet next week and decide how to proceed. We have to put all the options on the table. And then decide together how to deal with these things, which now still have a question mark, so that they become exclamation marks.

"You can imagine if James does not play continuously from the beginning, that is not his claim, he is a superstar and of course he always wants to play. Now he has been injured in the last few weeks and we must not forget that. We will find a solution in line with him, I can promise you that."

When pressed on whether Bayern could buy James permanently before reselling him, Rummenigge replied: "No, that's not the style of Bayern. We don't want to do any human trafficking to earn anything from this story. Bayern has never done this before."

Alex Ferguson praised Bayern Munich's footballing structure as the former Manchester United manager lauded the club's links to their past.

While United have struggled since Ferguson departed in 2013 – failing to win the Premier League – Bayern continue to dominate the Bundesliga with seven successive titles.

United finished sixth in 2018-19 as they missed out on Champions League qualification, while the Red Devils are still searching for a director of football to assist manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And Ferguson hailed Bayern's hierarchy, which is led by president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"They're a great club. It's a club run in the proper foundation of it," Ferguson told MUTV prior to Sunday's Treble Reunion game, which United won 5-0 at Old Trafford.

"Former players who run it really, Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, they run the club in the right way and they are always winning the league in Germany. They're a great club."

Solskjaer and United are facing a big off-season after finishing 32 points adrift of rivals and champions Manchester City.

Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have already announced their departures, while there is uncertainty over Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez.

Jaap Stam, who won three consecutive Premier League trophies in three years in Manchester, said Solskjaer has to make some "hard decisions" in his quest to restore glory.

"I think we definitely could do with some more quality up front, in midfield and the back four as well," Stam told Sky Sports News.

"You want a squad that is competitive towards each other. Everyone needs to push each other to get the maximum out of everyone - to achieve something.

"As manager and as a club you need to have a look at that. After the last couple of seasons and how everything is going, I think it is good to re-evaluate everything in the team.

"Look at the players, what they have done and what they have achieved. Even players who have a contract for another three or four seasons - you need to make your choices towards them and what you want to do with them.

"At the end of the day the most important thing is to achieve the goals you set out, sometimes you need to make hard decisions to do that."

Lothar Matthaus is sure attacker Leroy Sane will make the move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich in the close season.

Sane, 23, has been linked with the Bundesliga giants after three seasons at City, where he has won two Premier League titles.

Bayern and Germany great Matthaus is certain Sane, who is contracted until 2021, will head to the Allianz Arena.

"A player who, in my eyes, will enchant the Bayern fans next year is Leroy Sane. I am sure he will move to Munich," Matthaus wrote in a column for Sky.

"If [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness publicly reveals that it makes an effort for the player, this lands in the vast majority of cases in Bavaria.

"And it would be a fantastic transfer, as Sane is one of the best wingers out there. Tricky, dangerous for goal, fast, usable on both wings and provided with a great future.

"[Pep] Guardiola is not really satisfied with him, the player wants to play more regularly and Bayern looks for the departure of [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery at least one man for the wing. It would be a win-win transfer for all parties."

Bayern, who won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal this season, are set for something of a rebuild, with Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard joining and the likes of Robben and Ribery leaving.

Matthaus expects Bayern to break their transfer record to land Sane, having paid €80million for Atletico Madrid's Lucas.

"Quality always has its price and Sane is more expensive than the previous record transfer of €80m for Lucas Hernandez," he wrote.

"He may not be quite as expensive as Neymar, but €100m is likely. Salary, bonus payments and transfer fees together, become a new record in Bayern's history, but the player is worth it.

"If then Timo Werner also changes to Munich, one is slowly but surely prepared for a great future. Not in this, but possibly in the next year, could [Bayer Leverkusen's] Kai Havertz land in Munich and shape with Sane an era a la Robbery."

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