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Rheinische Post reported on Tuesday that Bayern are interested in signing Gladbach starlet Sinan Kurt. The 17-year-old left-winger had a great season with the Borussia under-19s, scoring 16 goals and assisting three more in 24 appearances. At international level, he represents the German under-18s.
Kurt, who has been a Gladbach player since 2007, has a contract that expires in 2015. He is reported to be hesitant to sign an extension, even though he is expected to be promoted to the Gladbach first team should he remain at Borussia-Park.
The Rheinische Post report also claims that Gladbach are interested in 20-year-old Bayern II player Alessandro Schopf. The attacking midfielder, who has a contract that runs until 2016, scored 11 goals and assisted four more in 33 Regionalliga games with the Bayern reserves last season.
The report claims that both moves may not be completed due to bad blood between the clubs. Gladbach are said to be peeved by Bayern's pursuit of Kurt and are reluctant to deal with Bayern considering the clubs' transfer history. Most notably, a young Lothar Matthaus left Gladbach for Bayern in 1984.
Update: Wednesday, May 28
Speaking to Sport Bild, Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl admitted to calling his Bayern counterpart, Matthias Sammer, on three occasions to ask about Schopf. He expressed annoyance that Sammer had not mentioned his interest in Kurt during that time.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is quoted as saying: "Gladbach are interested in one of our players, we're interested in one of Gladbach's players. You have to see how things come together."
Suffice to say, Eberl and Rummenigge's words can be interepreted as none other than admissions of interest.
Update: Friday, May 30
In an interview with Bild, Eberl expressed disappointment in Kurt's decisions and claimed that the player had already begun negotiations with Bayern.
"I'm very disappointed with Sinan. We recently had another meeting with Lucien Favre, his agent, Sinan and myself. We showed him his prospects at Borussia. And what does Sinan make of it? Five days later, he negotiates with Bayern."
Eberl also issued a stern warning to Kurt: "As a player you have to be concerned with where it is easier to get moving."
The implication, of course, is that it is easier for Kurt to get his career off the ground at Gladbach, where he'd be a first-team player next season, than in the Bayern reserves.