Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has come out and revealed that Bayer blocked a transfer to Bayern Munich last summer after he signed a new contract extension with the club in March 2012, according to Goal.com.
Bender was reportedly close to joining the Allianz Arena outfit for €22 million, but his current club was quick to stop him from talking to Bayern.
The Leverkusen midfielder revealed the following in an interview for Express.de (h/t Goal.com):
I called a few times in the summer with Bayern but Bayer blocked the topic very quickly. Thus, the issue for me was off the table.
A request from Bayern makes you proud. But I had just extended my contract in Leverkusen in 2017 and you do not know if it would be the right club for you.
After failing to agree to a deal for Bender last summer, Bayern Munich could possibly be interested in reopening the talks with Bender and finally signing him.
However, a January transfer to Allianz Arena is, in all probability, highly unlikely, since Bayer will be adamant to keep their squad intact as they prepare to push for the Bundesliga title following their surprisingly good first half of the season.
Bayer probably wouldn't want to lose one of their best players, but Bender has already openly urged the club to push for silverware, and failing to do so could result in a transfer request. Here's what the Bayer man said (via Goal.com):
A title is a dream of every player. In our team, it's really what's inside. So far we have not got over the final hurdle. But it is a must for the club and we must get there soon.
Jupp Heynckes would have to wait until the next summer transfer window to reopen talks with the German international, but completely ruling out the transfer would be a mistake.
What do you think? Will Bender join Bayern Munich, and would that be a good move for his career?
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