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‘I never give up’

Seasoned Van Buyten keen to kick on

Daniel van Buyten has made just four appearances this term, two in the Bundesliga and one apiece in the Champions League and DFB Cup. The 34-year-old currently has a total of 328 minutes on the pitch this season, a relatively poor return for the long-serving Belgian, who is nearing 200 games for Bayern since joining the club from Hamburg in mid-2006.

“But things are looking up again," the centre-back said on Saturday at the training camp in Qatar. A persistent calf injury, bruising to the ribs and two nasty bouts of flu hindered the muscular defender in the first half of the season. “Every time I came back and was feeling good, something else got in the way," he reflected.