Bayern Munich sign midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon

Bayern Munich have signed Corentin Tolisso from Lyon.

Tolisso, 22, can play in a number of positions across midfield, both defensive and attacking, and came through the ranks at Lyon since age 13.

Last season, he scored 14 goals and provided seven assists as Lyon qualified for the Champions League and his performances also reportedly attracted interest from Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

The versatile central midfielder, who has Togolese roots, passed a medical at Bayern’s Sabenerstrasse HQ in Munich on Wednesday and penned a four and a half year deal that will keep him at the Bundesliga champions until 2022.

“I had a wonderful time at Lyon, and I’m very thankful for that. Now I’m really pleased to be at one of the best clubs in Europe. I have great aims for my time at FC Bayern. Today is a great day for me,” he told Bayern’s official website.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to sign such a young and interesting player ahead of stiff competition from abroad. Corentin Tolisso was Carlo Ancelotti’s wish for our midfield.”

Tolisso becomes Bayern’s fourth signing of the summer after Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy arrived from Hoffenheim and Serge Gnabry joined from Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich  sign former  Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry  from Werder Bremen 

Bayern Munich have announced that they have agreed to sign Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen.

Gnabry, 21, will pen a three-year deal at Bayern, with Bremen having announced earlier this week that he had triggered a release clause in his contract after just one season at the club.

The Germany international, who scored 11 goals for Bremen last season, joined the club from Arsenal in the summer of 2016.

A Bayern statement read: “FC Bayern Munich have agreed the transfer of Serge Gnabry with Werder Bremen. Gnabry, 21, will sign a three-year contract at FC Bayern.”

Excited Gnabry said: “It’s a great honour to become part of FC Bayern. It’s going to be an exciting time and one that I’m very much looking forward to,” he told Bayern’s official website.

Schalke sack Markus Weinzierl, appoint 31 year old Dominico Tedesco 

Schalke sacked coach Markus Weinzierl one season into his three-year deal on Friday and appointed Dominico Tedesco in his place.

Weinzierl, 42, departs after the Bundesliga club failed to reach a European competition for the first time since 2009.

Dominic Tedesco, who arrives from second-division side Erzgebirge Aue, signed a two-year contract

The 31-year-old only joined the then-rock-bottom club from Hoffenheim’s academy in early 2017, but secured them another year of football in the 2. Bundesliga with 20 points from 11 matches. He previously coached the junior ranks at Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.
Tedesco becomes the second-youngest manager in Europe’s top five leagues, after Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsman, who is 29. They are followed by 37-year-olds Manuel Baum of Augsburg and Alexander Nouri of Werder Bremen, giving the Bundesliga the four youngest managers among the top leagues.
“Tedesco does not yet have a lot of experience in the professional field, but he convinced us in the talks about how he wants to shape the sporting future at Schalke. Like many other clubs, we are settling on a very young and very innovative coach,” sporting director Christian Heidel said.
“We examined the whole season to establish the basis for a possible successful coming season for Schalke. The result of our deliberations is that we must make changes to drive the development we want,” said Heidel, who said the decision against Weinzierl was “not easy.”

Former Bayern star Willy Sagnol appointed as Ancelotti’s assistant


Former Bayern Munich right-back Willy Sagnol is Carlo Ancelotti’s new assistant, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

Sagnol, 40, became a firm fans’ favourite during nine years at the club, during which time he won the Bundesliga five times and the DFB Pokal four times as well as the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

The former France international, who left his position as head coach at Bordeaux in March 2016, has signed a two-year deal with Bayern.

Sagnol, who played for the club between 2000 and 2009, said: “I’m pleased to return to Munich with my family. It is a great honour, Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best and most experienced coaches in world football chose me. I’m happy to work alongside him on his team.”

Sagnol speaks excellent German and has a working knowledge of English, Spanish and Italian. Ancelotti’s son, Davide, will continue his duties in an assistant coaching role.
Ancelotti commented on Sagnol’s appointment saying: “After losing two of my assistants, firstly Paul Clement and then Hermann Gerland, from my training staff, I expressed the desire to sign a replacement for the coming season.”

Former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry set to leave Werder Bremen after one season

Serge Gnabry will leave Werder Bremen after just one season after triggering a release clause in his contract, with a move to Hoffenheim reported.

Gnabry, 21, joined Bremen from Arsenal last summer, and impressed during his debut season in the Bundesliga.

However, the Germany international dropped down the pecking order toward the end of the season following injury problems earlier in 2017.

“Serge has told us that he wants to make the next step in his career following his very good first year at Werder,” Bremen sporting executive Frank Baumann said. “He therefore will trigger a release clause and leave the club at the end of this month.”
In a statement posted on Instagram, Gnabry wrote: “Werder Bremen are indeed a special club and have surpassed my expectations. I was handed the chance to prove myself here and I am very thankful for it.”

He added: “But my path will continue elsewhere. And I will reveal where another time. Today, it’s important to me to say Thank You! I will keep Werder in my heart.”

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski voted best outfield player of the season 


Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has been voted best outfield player this season by his fellow Bundesliga players.

Lewandowski scored 30 goals in 33 appearances (31 starts) for Bayern and 25 percent of the 248 Bundesliga players voting in kicker’s poll rated him the best outfield performer over the course of the season — ahead of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Lewandowski, 28, secured his third straight Bundesliga title this season (2015, 2016, 2017), adding to successive title wins under Jurgen Klopp at former club Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund could only finish third, despite being voted the best performer during the first half of the season and outscoring Lewandowski 31-30 to win Kicker’s prestigious Torjagerkanone for finishing Bundesliga top scorer, aided by two goals on the final day of the season, while Lewandowski drew a blank against Freiburg.

Dortmund’s  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat Robert Lewandowski to the Torjagerkanone on final day

​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s two goals on the final day of the Bundesliga season saw him beat Robert Lewandowski to finish as the division’s top scorer, an accolade known as the Torjagerkanone.

Lewandowski, who played the full game but failed to score as Bayern Munich ran out 4-1 winners against Freiburg, ended the season on 30 goals.

While Aubameyang, whose brace in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 victory against Werder Bremen ensured a third-place finish, managed 31 over the campaign.

Dortmund’s victory means they qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

“The Torjagerkanone means a lot to me,” Aubameyang, who started the day a goal behind Lewandowski, said. “It was a great effort — made by the whole team.

Lewandowski’s 30 goals included three hat tricks and eight doubles as Bayern won the Bundesliga for a fifth consecutive season, finishing 15 points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig.

Although Dortmund were not as successful overall, Aubameyang proved more deadly in front of goal. The Gabon international scored four goals in the 5-2 win over Hamburg in November but did not notch a hat trick and only produced six doubles.

That means 25 of Lewandowski’s goals came in 11 games, and he only scored in 16 of the 33 games he played in the Bundesliga compared with Aubameyang who scored in 22 of his 32 appearances.