Munich 'looking for Kahn successor'

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3 June 2004 , HAMBURG - Bayern Munich have contacted French goalkeeper Sebastian Frey about a possible move should Oliver Kahn leave the German Bundesliga club, Kicker sports magazine reported on Thursday. Citing sources in Italy, Kicker said that Munich chairman Karl- Heinz Rummenigge got in touch with the 24-year-old Frey, who plays for Serie A club Parma. Kahn, 34, made headlines at the weekend when he said that a summer move was his last chance to get a lucrative contract abroad. He has not commented s

3 June 2004

HAMBURG - Bayern Munich have contacted French goalkeeper Sebastian Frey about a possible move should Oliver Kahn leave the German Bundesliga club, Kicker sports magazine reported on Thursday.

Citing sources in Italy, Kicker said that Munich chairman Karl- Heinz Rummenigge got in touch with the 24-year-old Frey, who plays for Serie A club Parma.

Kahn, 34, made headlines at the weekend when he said that a summer move was his last chance to get a lucrative contract abroad.

He has not commented since, saying on Wednesday night after Germany's 2-0 win in Switzerland that the issue will be addressed after the June 12-July 4 European championships.

Munich officials insist that Kahn has a contract until 2006, but unlike in the past don't rate him as being unsellable. The captain Kahn played below par by his standards last season and Munich may let him go if they get a decent amount of money for him.

Kicker said that Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand was an unlikely candidate for the Munich job between the posts.

Munich owe Stuttgart a favour after luring coach Felix Magath to switch sides - unless Stuttgart let him go as well for a big fee.

Kicker also said that midfielder Michael Ballack, 27, may stay after all as the club management seemingly changed their mind after critical words about the playmaker in the past.

Another reason for Ballack to stay is that Munich's dream candidate Deco may not come after all and instead follow his coach Jose Mourinho from Champions League winners Porto to Chelsea.

Ballack, who like Kahn has a deal until 2006 and is sought by Spanish giants Barcelona, did not want to comment on the issue on Wednesday night after the Euro 2004 warm-up game against fellow finalists Switzerland which Germany won 2-0.

The Spanish sports media, meanwhile, reported that Munich had dismissed a 10-million euro offer for Ballack as not enough money, with a meeting between officials from both clubs reportedly scheduled for Sunday.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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