Bayern stand firm over Ze Roberto
Ze Roberto looks likely to leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of the month, after talks over a new deal broke down. The record 21-time German champions had offered the Brazilian a one-year extension, but the player was hoping to receive a longer commitment from the club.
However, general manager Uli Hoeness insists he will not budge, meaning Ze Roberto's second spell with the club appears to be drawing to an end.
"We have not reached an agreement," Hoeness told Kicker magazine. "We cannot offer Mark van Bommel, who is 32, only a one-year deal and then offer a 34-year-old two years."
Talks with new coach Louis van Gaal, which are due to take place this week, are not likely to bring a change of policy either as Hoeness added: "We have got to stand firm on this."
Ze Roberto's future will not be the only topic up for discussion this week, when Van Gaal arrives in Munich for the first time since agreeing to become the club's new coach.
He is set to lay down his plans and transfer targets, and give his opinion on the futures of Franck Ribery and Luca Toni - two other names strongly linked with an exit this summer.
Ribery appears to be at the top of the wish-list of any club with big money to spend, but Hoeness once again confirmed that "no club has come to us" to make a bid for the France playmaker.