Lewandowski: Bayern looking forward to Sane’s arrival

first_imgRobert Lewandowski says Bayern Munich’s German players are very much looking forward to Leroy Sane linking up with the Bavarian outfit, but admits they will have to “wait and see” about the Manchester City star’s future. Sane has been heavily linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions after failing to get regular game time at the Etihad last season, starting just 21 Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s side. And Bayern are keen to reinforce their wide options this summer as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are set to depart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sane scored two goals in two Euro 2020 qualifiers for Germany earlier this month, and Lewandowski has revealed the 23-year-old’s compatriots in Niko Kovac’s squad are expecting his arrival. “Bayern’s German players are now very much looking forward to Sane’s signing, but we have to wait and see what is going on,” Lewandowski said. Ribery and Robben have spent a combined 22 years at Bayern and will be difficult figures to replace. “They are legends, of course their departure is sad. But Bayern will also sign more and better replacements. I believe that the winger Bayern will sign in the future will be as good as Robben and Ribery.”Rafinha Franck Ribery Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2019Bayern missed out on Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi last January and look unlikely to sign him this summer with a transfer ban looming over Stamford Bridge. But Lewandowski insists they need to recruit to hold off Borussia Dortmund, who finished two points back in second place last term. “In order to have a good performance next season and to overcome Dortmund, I hope that Bayern can do something in the transfer market this summer.”Although they retained their status as German champions, Bayern had an underwhelming season in the Champions League, losing to eventual champions Liverpool in the round of 16.And no other Bundesliga club made it past that phase of the competition as Schalke and Dortmund similarly lost knock-out matches to Man City and Tottenham respectively. Lewandowski is unconcerned by their failures though: “The Bundesliga clubs’ bad performances in the Champions League this season is just an accidental phenomenon. Premier League teams also did not perform well before. I think Bundesliga clubs will be doing much better next season.”The Poland international was pleased with his personal domestic performances in 2018-19, however, after he ended the campaign as Bundesliga top scorer for the fourth time.  But he insists he is eyeing a Bayern legend’s record: “Gerd Muller won Bundesliga top scorer seven times, I want to do better. But it is not a fair competition, I did not start my career in the Bundesliga like Gerd.”last_img read more

Burundi as new President takes office Annan laments unstable environment

Former Vice President Domitien Ndayizeye was sworn in as new President, together with Alphonse Kadege as Vice President, in the second phase of power transfer as outlined by the 2000 Arusha Peace Agreement.Mr. Annan, in a message delivered by his Special Representative for Burundi, Berhanu Dinka, called on all parties to cease hostilities and respect the commitments undertaken. He also reminded the incoming leaders of the tasks ahead.”The Government will have to establish the necessary mechanism for the return and resettlement of refugees and displaced persons,” the Secretary-General said. “The Government will also have to establish the necessary mechanisms for the return and resettlement of refugees and displaced persons.”Despite the change in authority, Mr. Annan said, “the United Nations, which has always supported Burundi, will continue to uphold and promote the peace process and the effective implementation of the ceasefire agreements through the Joint Ceasefire Commission. It will also support the Africa force.”Extending his warm congratulations to the new incumbent, Mr. Annan also paid tribute to outgoing President, Pierre Buyoya for “demonstrating maturity and wisdom in reaching a consensus which does credit to Burundi and the Burundians.”He also thanked the African Union for deploying the Africa mission and its military observers in Burundi, Heads of States and other personalities of the region, “for the countless efforts they have made to restore peace in Burundi.” read more