Bayern Munich at loggerheads over future of Dante

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The situation regarding Bayern Munich, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Dante is similar to how two spoilt and immature children would react when it comes to swaps and trades in the playground.

On one side there is Bayern who have grudgingly placed Dante in the shop window, with a hefty price-tag which shouts "offers open but only serious ones", and Moenchengladbach, who, despite voicing their interest, simply do not have the credit to tempt the German champions.

Indeed, less than two months ago, Pep Guardiola, who is perhaps the epitome of a mother duck when it comes to keeping her brood together, insisted that none of his players would be put up for sale in the summer, as he attempts to solidify a close unit.

End of the road

However, it is obvious to say that Dante is the unlucky one in being the only player to whose gallant performances have not quite lived up to the standards of the biggest perfectionist in world football.

Guardiola is not a patient man, and if you are fortunate enough to have the pleasure of playing under his stewardship then one of the first things he would tell you alongside to train hard and to follow his rules is that three strikes and you are out.


Although it is unclear where strike number one came from, you could probably guess that number two was chiselled into his grave stone when a catalogue of errors saw Dante and his Brazilian side ripped to shreds by Germany at last summers World Cup, 9,212 kilometres away in Brasilia.

Indeed, the tall Selecao player has even said himself that he feels as if he is given less respect now as a player after being part of the infamous 7-1 drubbing, which caused the whole world to wince at their screens.

This leaves the paramount question to whether Dante's tactical error which allowed Hiroshi Kiyotake to score Hannover 96's opener in Bayern's 3-1 away win against the north German outfit on Saturday was the final straw.

Harsh it might be, but Guardiola's decision to substitute Dante in the 32nd minute of the game begs the question to whether Bayern have simply given enough chances to a defender who is often slandered as being overrated and totally unfit to wear the legendary red trikot.

However, even when his abilities as a professional footballer are not concerned, the former Barcelona manager already has enough on his late in accommodating a substantial rota of defender, with Holger Badstuber, Javi Martinez and Mehdi Benatia also doing their utmost to get into the starting eleven.

Second chance?

In this instance, all this talk of not giving Dante a second chance is completely ludicrous when it comes to Guardiola wanting to sell the 31 year old, and some people just don't realise the fine line when it comes to starting for arguably the worlds best football team.

Without saying that the Salvador-born defender is not good enough to play for Bayern, it is fair to say that his poor concentration skills and lack of pace means that Dante is simply a sitting duck as far as mistakes and criticism is concerned.

Although Bayern have only conceded 11 goals in 2,160 minutes of Bundesliga football this season, this thoroughly impressive statistic just confirms the tight ship that everyone at the Bavarian club are running this season. There is simply no room for any errors.

And if Bayern decide to silence Monchengladbach's intentions of re-signing one of their golden exports then to just leave an unhappy player of Dante's quality on the bench and in so depriving him of the one thing that he craves, regular football, then Guardiola just has to expect his flaws.

For the time being at least, no deal has been done and these Chinese whispers are perhaps as reputable as Wikipedia for an academic.

Although Dante faces a tough few months ahead of him, if he was to train extra hard and prove to everyone at the club that he serves his place in the heart of Bayern's defence then when the day comes when he bids Auf Wiedersehen to Bavaria it will be only on good terms.

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