Bayern Munich: Four players who could leave this summer

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Bayern Munich have undoubtedly been the biggest force in the Bundesliga in recent years, and with the number of talents present at the club, the Bavarians are set to dominate German football for the foreseeable future. 

Pep Guardiola won three consecutive Bundesliga titles during his stay, but their progress in Europe stalled, as they were consistently beaten by Spanish opposition. 

Many may therefore dispute whether the Guardiola tenure can be deemed a success compared to the development the club experienced under Jupp Heynckes.


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Summer of change

The Catalan boss failed to impart the Barcelona philosophy – despite playing a similar genre of football - as the German giants were unsuccessful to equal the Spaniards in terms of Champions League success. 

Now with new manager Carlo Ancelotti taking charge this summer, there will be significant signings in the coming months, but there could also be some key exits as well.

4. Franck Ribery

Ribery admitted early this year that Ancelotti wanted to sign him during his time at Chelsea in 2009, as per ESPN, expressing his delight to work with the Italian boss next season.

But if statistics are anything to go by, the 56-year-old manager might not be willing to prolong Ribery’s stay beyond this term.

Ribery was one of the most dynamic wingers in his prime, an asset to Bayern until two or three years ago, but looks a shadow of his former self.

His struggles with injuries also raise doubts about his long-term future in Munich. 

He made just 27 appearances in the league in the last two years while the acquisition of Brazilian ace Douglas Costa moving him further down the pecking order.

A move away from the club seems right for all parties concerned.

3. Arjen Robben

The Dutch international has been dogged by injuries all season, and he has voiced concerns regarding the longevity of his playing days. 

Robben was diagnosed with a tear in the abductor muscle early into the campaign, leading to several muscular injuries that prevented him from being a regular under Guardiola. 

After last season's defeat to Porto, Guardiola bemoaned the absence of Robben and blamed the club's medical department, resulting in veteran doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt ending his 40-year association with the Bavarians, according to the Daily Mail.

Incoming head coach Ancelotti may decide that bringing in a younger player would better serve his plans, rather than sweating over the progress of the Dutch winger's fitness.

Therefore, the summer could well see Robben leave the Bundesliga seven years after signing from Real Madrid. 

2. Mehdi Benatia

The Moroccan centre-half moved to Bayern Munich from Italian side Roma with huge expectations but fell short as he mostly played second fiddle to first-choice Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez.

Mats Hummels' signing puts his place under even more threat, so he may well be eyeing pastures new for the 2016/2017 season. 

Premier League club Arsenal are monitoring his situation but the former Serie A defender could reject a move to England in favour of returning to Italy.

The 29-year-old insists he will leave if the situation arises. quoted him saying: “In my case, if I have to leave Bayern at the end of this season, then I will leave.”

1. Mario Gotze

Gotze was hailed as the next big thing in world football when he scored the winner in the World Cup but his move to Bayern Munich from rivals Borussia Dortmund proved to be a disaster as he failed to cement a regular spot in the starting eleven.

Widely tipped to lead the exodus this summer, Gotze is tipped for a move to Liverpool to join former boss Jurgen Klopp, under whose guidance he had his best years in professional football.

A return to Dormund is also in the cards, but the BVB chiefs are sceptical of the fans’ response to the transfer, as per the Daily Mirror.

However, with the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, there may be a glimmer of hope for the 23-year-old at Die Roten, which was somewhat non-existent under the former Barca boss.

The scenario will be much clearer after Euro 2016 when he returns to the club. 

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