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Squad planning for new campaign underway

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Bayern are right in the thick of the Bundesliga run-in at the moment, but the club is simultaneously hard at work on plans for next season’s squad. Speaking after Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, Uli Hoeneß said the German champions’ transfer activity this summer would be mainly influenced by two factors: “The debate about squad planning will depend both on the new coach and financial position. If we qualify for the Champions League, we’ll definitely be able to do a little more.”

Anatoliy Tymoschuk, Ivica Olic and Alexander Baumjohann are the confirmed new arrivals at the Säbener Strasse this summer. One familiar face is set to return, that of Andreas Görlitz, whose two-season loan spell at Karlsruhe ends this June. “His contract here resumes on 1 July, and we’re working on the basis he’ll be coming,” Hoeneß explained.

Oddo’s future undecided

At the present time, no decision has been taken regarding Massimo Oddo, currently on loan at Bayern from AC Milan, and like Görlitz a right-back. “We have time until the end of May, so we don’t need to let it worry us,” opined Hoeneß. Wait-and-see is also the watchword in the case of Toni Kroos, loaned to Bayer Leverkusen until 30 June 2010. “We have the option of recalling him, but that’s for the new coach to decide,” Hoeneß said.

The FCB general manager scotched press rumours claiming Zenit St. Petersburg skipper Tymoschuk might not join Munich after all in the light of Jürgen Klinsmann’s departure. “I’ve never heard anything so absurd,” said Hoeneß, “some people seem to think we were born yesterday. We agree contracts with players, and there are no clauses stipulating who should be the coach. It’s utter nonsense.”