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Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer set to miss rest of season with broken foot

Manuel Neuer received a fracture to his left foot in extra-time against Real Madrid Credit: PA

Manuel Neuer suffered a broken foot in Bayern Munich's Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and looks set to miss the rest of the season.

The goalkeeper received a fracture to his left foot in extra-time of the 4-2 loss at the Bernabeu, which condemned the visitors to a 6-3 aggregate defeat in the quarter-final.

Neuer, who last month underwent what was described by the club as a minor operation on his left foot, picked up this latest injury during the build-up to Cristiano Ronaldo's third goal, which put Madrid 3-2 up on the night.

Initial tests have revealed the damage, with Bayern saying in a statement he would "undergo a thorough examination on arrival in Munich prior to a decision on the appropriate treatment".

Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at the team's post-match banquet in Madrid: "Manuel Neuer has injured himself badly, he will be out for eight weeks."

That diagnosis would rule him out of the remaining five matches of the Bundesliga season - not a huge blow given his club boast an eight-point lead at the top of the standings.

More significantly, he could miss the DFB-Pokal semi-final against Borussia Dortmund later this month and a possible final against either Borussia Monchengladbach or Eintracht Frankfurt on May 27.

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Man United had £85m bid for Thomas Muller rejected

Bayern Munich's chief financial officer Jan-Christian Dreesen has revealed the Bundesliga club once turned down a 100 million euro (£85m) offer for Thomas Muller from Manchester United.

Muller was the subject of a big-money approach from the Red Devils. Credit: PA

The 27-year-old Germany forward, a World Cup winner in 2014, was the subject of a big-money approach from the Red Devils, but Bayern rejected the bid as they did not want to "weaken" Muller.

In an interview with Sport Bild on Tuesday, Dreesen said of the enquiry from Jose Mourinho's Premier League side: "There really was such a thing. A fax came from England.

"For us, however, selling Thomas Muller was never discussed. If a player fits here, we would be stupid to go for the short-term prospect of a record profit only to weaken him."

United did have a healthy transfer budget last summer, as evidenced by the re-signing of Paul Pogba for 105m euros (£89.3m), and the additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitarayan.

Muller is the product of the Bayern youth system. He has scored 156 in all competitions for the Bavarians since making his senior debut in 2008.

Phillip Lahm to retire at the end of the season

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm does not believe he will be able to maintain his high standards next year after announcing he will retire from football at the end of the season.

Lahm will hang up his boots at the end of the season. Credit: PA

The 33-year-old has a year left on his contract with the defending Bundesliga champions but will walk away early - also saying he has rejected an offer from the club to become a sporting director.

He admits he has been considering his future for some time and will give his all for the rest of the campaign.

"I'm going to stop playing football at the end of the season," the FC Bayern youth product confirmed on the club's official website following his team's 1-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg in Tuesday evening's DFB Cup Round of 16 tie.

"More than a year ago I started checking and questioning myself from day to day and week to week. I'm certain I'll maintain peak form through to the end of the season. I can manage that until the end of the campaign, but not beyond it."

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