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MUNICH—Bayern Munich winger
Franck Ribery is making progress as
he recovers from a long-standing
right ankle injury.
Ribery had a cast removed
from the ankle Thursday and
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz
Rummenigge says “there is
light at the end of the tunnel
again. An examination has
confirmed the inflammation
has gone down.”
Rummenigge adds “he’ll
start rehabilitation training
in the next weeks and then
hopefully be on the pitch
again in the not too distant
Ribery suffered a setback
last month when the ankle
failed to respond to treatment
and his right foot was immo-
The 32-year-old has not
played since injuring his ankle
in the Champions League game
against Shakhtar Donetsk in March.
Georginio Wijnaldum has joined New-
castle from PSV Eindhoven for a reported
fee of 20 million euros ($22 million), mak-
ing him the Premier League club’s third
Newcastle announced the transfer yes-
terday, with Wijnaldum signing a five-year
deal and becoming the first arrival under
new manager Steve McClaren.
The 24-year-old Wijnaldum says “I felt
the time was right for me to move and the
club have shown they really want me, so
I’m very happy to be here.” (AP)
LIVERPOOL—Mario Balotelli has been
left out of Liverpool’s 30-man squad
for its preseason tour of Thailand, Aus-
tralia and Malaysia, raising doubts about
the Italian’s future at Anfield.
The striker had a disappointing first
season at Liverpool following his move
from AC Milan, scoring one goal in 16
appearances in the Premier League. Liv-
erpool manager Brendan Rodgers has
signed two forwards this offseason, Danny
Ings and Roberto Firmino.
Balotelli will continue his preseason
preparations in England, while Fabio Borini
and Jose Enrique have also been over-
Raheem Sterling was included in Liv-
erpool’s squad, named yesterday, having
failed to report for training Wednesday
and Thursday—citing illness—before turn-
ing up on Friday.
The England winger has reportedly been
the subject of two failed bids from Man-
chester City this offseason.
Balotelli left out
of Liverpool squad
for preseason tour
for Man United
MUNICH—Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is
leaving Bayern Munich to join Manchester United, ending
his 17-year association with the Bundesliga giants.
United announced yesterday that the club had reached an
agreement with Bayern to sign the 30-year-old midfielder,
subject to a medical examination and personal terms
Schweinsteiger will be reunited with former Bayern
coach Louis van Gaal, who is preparing for his
second season in charge of United.
“We tried to convince him to stay at Bayern
Munich, but I have a bit of understanding for a
player who has been 17 years at the club, that he
wants to try something different,” Bayern Munich
chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
“We sanctioned the move at his request. We part
as great friends.”
United has also signed Netherlands winger Memphis
Depay for a fee believed to be in the region of 30 million
pounds (now $46.5 million) as the 20-time English cham-
pions bolster their squad for the season, after finishing
fourth in the Premier League in May.
Schweinsteiger scored 45 goals and set up 70 more in
342 league games for Bayern. He joined the club’s youth
sides from Rosenheim in 1998 and went on to win the
Bundesliga a joint-record eight times, matching former
club stalwarts Mehmet Scholl and Oliver Kahn. He also
won the German Cup seven times and the Champions
League once, when Bayern claimed the treble in 2013.
Schweinsteiger was named Germany captain following
Bayern teammate Philipp Lahm’s retirement from the
national team after winning the World Cup last year.
However, he subsequently missed months of last season
German daily Bild reported Friday that Schweinsteiger, who
has a year remaining on his Bayern contract, is joining on a
three-year deal in a transfer worth around $20 million.
Rummenigge refuted suggestions that Schweinsteiger fell out
with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who had moved the player
away from his preferred position in central midfield.
“I have to say it’s a fairytale that he left because of our coach,”
Rummenigge said. “The two had an entirely healthy relation-
“He had this desire (to leave) and it’s an understandable wish
for a player coming to the end of his career. With Bastian it was
a special situation because he was so long at the club. I can
assure fans that we will not be letting any more players go to
Manchester United.” (AP)
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