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Bayern defender misses unveiling due to painful injury

Bayern Munich defender Serdar Tasci had a painful introduction to life at the Bundesliga champions, as an injury sustained in his first training session forced him to miss his own press unveiling.

Serdar Tasci injured himself during his first training session. Credit: PA

Tasci, a Germany international and former Bundesliga title winner with Stuttgart, was a deadline-day loan signing from Spartak Moscow, with Bayern facing a defensive crisis of sorts following injuries to Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez.

However, the German giants face another shuffle at the back, after Tasci banged heads with a Bayern colleague in what was his maiden team training session on Wednesday.

It meant Bayern Sporting director Matthias Sammer had to take full charge at the player's unveiling later that day, producing his shirt with number four at the back. More importantly, Tasci could be a doubt for Sunday's away fixture against Bayer Leverkusen.

Sammer, in quotes reported on Bayern's official website, confirmed Tasci's "unfortunate" clash of heads but added of the player: "He can help us with his quality and experience.

"He was incredibly eager and signalled us: I am ready. The rest is up to him. The more often he plays, the better he (will be)."


Bayern Munich defender ruled out for month

Bayern Munich have confirmed that defender Javi Martinez will miss up to a month after undergoing knee surgery.

The Spaniard was a last-minute exclusion from Bayern's side which beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Sunday.

Javi Martinez has a knee problem. Credit: PA

Although his club shrugged off the gravity of his injury, tests confirmed he had damaged his meniscus and he will be out for up to four weeks after undergoing surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday morning.

He will therefore miss the first leg of Bayern's Champions League last-16 clash at Juventus on February 23.

Guardiola will improve any team - Lewandowski

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski believes outgoing manager Pep Guardiola will improve any team he chooses to take over in the Premier League.

Last month the Spaniard confirmed he would be standing down as head coach at the end of the campaign after three successful years in the Bundesliga to pursue a career in England.

Pep Guardiola is leaving Bayern. Credit: PA

Manchester City are thought to be leading the chase for his services while Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the Catalan.

"I know Pep can improve a team in England," the Poland international told the Mail on Sunday. "I think he knows where he's going and he knows what he needs to do with the team he's going to, so that they play much better.

"He will focus on technique and perhaps more possession than is the norm in England. But Pep knows the Premier League is different from the Spanish league or the Bundesliga. I'm sure he can do something new in terms of tactics and technique."


Bayern Munich quartet sign new deals

Thomas Muller has extended his contract with Bayern Munich until 2021, bringing an end to speculation linking him with a summer move.

The Germany international has been regularly linked to Premier League clubs, but the 26-year-old has now committed his future to the Bundesliga giants.

Bayern have also extended Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez's deals until 2021, while Xabi Alonso's new contract keeps him at the Allianz Arena until 2017.

Guardiola's agent in the dark over Bayern coach's future

The agent of Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admits he has no idea what the Catalan has in mind for his future.

Guardiola's contract is up for renewal next summer and he has been linked with a move to Manchester City from next season.

Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested at the weekend that a decision - one way or another - would be made before the Bundesliga's winter break.

Guardiola has been linked with a move to England. Credit: PA

But Guardiola's agent Josep Maria Orobitg has told Munich's Tz newspaper that he does not know what that decision is going to be.

"Not even I know what Pep's intentions are," Orobitg said.

"We've had some intensive talks in the past few days, but when it comes to things like this, he's very private.

"He will make up his mind entirely based on his own impressions."

Guardiola has led Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, while they are five points clear at the top with a third of the current campaign gone.

Orobitg said Guardiola is "very happy" in Munich but added: "At the end of the day, it is a decision he is going to take by himself.

"One thing is for sure, however, and that is everybody around him will accept his decision, no matter what it is."

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