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Mourinho says Bayern’s Schweinsteiger will ‘belong’ to Real

Having already brought two German World Cup stars, Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil, to Real Madrid, coach Jose Mourinho has now reportedly set his sights on a third: Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Mourinho says Bayern's Schweinsteiger will 'belong' to Real
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Mourinho, who took over at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, made a beeline for the Bayern Munich midfielder after a tribute match to Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer in Germany on August 13, the daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Shaking the 26-year-old by the hand and looking him in the eye, according to Bild, which didn’t cite its sources, Mourinho told him: “I wanted to get you last year, but it didn’t happen. Next year you belong to me.”

Schweinsteiger, a key playmaker in Germany’s World Cup – Joachim Löw’s side lit up the championship with demolition jobs of Australia, England and Argentina, finishing third – could indeed go to Real next year, Bild believes.

His contract at the German giants, who finished runners- up to Mourinho’s Inter Milan in last season’s Champions League, runs until 2012, and if “Schweini” doesn’t extend, 2011 would be Bayern’s last chance to cash in, the paper said.

Schweinsteiger, whom Bild said is worth more than €30 million ($38.4 million), said previously: “I can’t and don’t want to say whether I am married to Bayern. “That wouldn’t be fair, including to the fans.”

Real paid €18 million to get Özil from Werder Bremen and €14 million for Khedira from Stuttgart.

AFP/rm

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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