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Bayern to sign no new players over winter break

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared on Sunday that the club would sign no new players in the January transfer window.

Bayern to sign no new players over winter break
Photo: DPA

His words appeared to contradict coach Louis van Gaal, who had earlier said that he was “99 percent” sure that an attacking player would join the Bavarian

giants, potentially even in the coming week.

“I think that he was talking about Arjen Robben, who is coming back after his injuries,” said Rummenigge, according to the website of German daily Bild.

“Seriously: we will sign no new player in January.”

Bayern recently signed the Brazilian midfielder Luis Gustavo for €15 million from Hoffenheim.

The 23-year-old is expected to join up with his new team-mates at the start of the week at a training camp in Qatar.

He could replace Dutch veteran Mark van Bommel, the Bayern captain, whose contract expires in June and who has been linked with a move to Wolfsburg.

Before flying to Qatar on Sunday, Van Bommel, 33, said: “Anything is possible – that I leave during the winter transfer window, that I stay until the end of the season, or even that I extend (my contract).”

He added: “The transfer window has only just opened … Nothing is definitive yet, loads of things could happen.

“Lots of people are interested, which makes me proud. I’ve already turned some of them down.”

AFP/djw

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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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