Klose fit to play, Hummels to leave, van Bommel unhappyFebruary 7th, 2009 - 1:57 pm ICT by IANS
Munich, Feb 7 (DPA) Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose came through training unscathed Friday and is fit to face Borussia Dortmund in Sunday’s Bundesliga clash.However, there is still no place in the squad for German forward Lukas Podolski, who has already agreed a move back to Cologne at the end of the season.
Defending champions Bayern lie fourth in the table, three points behind surprise leaders Hoffenheim, after losing 1-0 to SV Hamburg last week in their first match after the winter break.
“We have set ourselves high expectations. We know that we have to improve,” said coach Juergen Klinsmann.
Bayern captain Mark van Bommel said that the team knew they had to win. “We have to secure a victory - regardless of how we do it.”
The Dutch international revealed that he has yet to decide whether to renew his contract with the club when it runs out at the end of the season.
Van Bommel said he was “disappointed” that Bayern had failed to offer him a new two-year extension. “The offer I received was not so spectacular that I said I would certainly take it.”
Van Bommel said that he was not under pressure to decide what to do. “You have to look at all your options and then take the right decision,” he said.
The French sports paper L ‘Equipe, meanwhile, said Friday that French international Franck Ribery was considering leaving the club and that his agents had excellent contacts with Real Madrid.
Ribery, without denying that he was thinking of leaving the club, said that he was concentrating on playing. “Everything else my agents will handle,” he said.
Also Friday Bayern officials said that they had reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of talented defender Mats Hummels.
The 20-year old is currently on loan to Dortmund.
“We were generally very happy with the development of Hummels, but we have four very good defenders and they would have made it very difficult for Hummels to get into the starting line-up.
“That is why we accepted his request to stay with Dortmund,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.