Bayern Munich monitor Kompany after Mancini feud

The runaway Bundesliga leaders are keeping an eye on events at the Etihad Stadium in the hope that the Belgium defender’s situation changes and he becomes available for transfer

By Paul Clennam

Bayern Munich are monitoring Vincent Kompany’s situation after the Manchester City captain’s public feud with manager Roberto Mancini.

The Belgium defender felt the wrath of his boss at the end of March after turning out for his country despite missing City’s previous eight matches with a calf injury.

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And, although Bayern are well aware that the 26-year-old is keen to stay at the Etihad Stadium, they are waiting in the wings should the situation change.

Kompany is well known in Germany, having spent two seasons at Hamburg before moving to City for £6 million in 2008.

Ironically, he moved to the Imtech Arena as a replacement for Bayern-bound Daniel Van Buyten, the man whom he would likely oust from the Roten line-up should the Bavarians lure him away from England.

Pep Guardiola, who will take over from Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena this summer, is a long-time admirer of Kompany and would support any move by the club’s hierarchy for the Belgian.

But the path to a transfer remains obscured by the fact that Kompany is settled in the north west of England, having married his Mancunian girlfriend in 2011 and enrolled at the local university.

The Belgian has very much bought into Abu Dhabi group’s long-term project at Eastlands and remains a prominent figure in Mancini’s dressing room, frequently acting as the intermediary between City’s playing staff and the club’s coaching setup.

Speaking after he signed a new six-year deal with the Premier League champions in July, Kompany enthused: “Man City as a project is not just a project of the owners or the people employed by the club; it is also my project.

“I have been here since the beginning and I have seen everything at the club change inside and out. I have the feeling that I have contributed to it too. It is good to know that I can be at City for another six years. It is a compliment that the club feels so highly of me.”

Barcelona, Guardiola’s former club, have also been linked with Kompany in the past and are also thought to be keeping tabs on the former HSV star.

Rangers terminate Sandaza contract

The forward joined the club last summer after an impressive season with St Johnstone but, after being duped into contract negotiations by a fake agent, he has been released

Rangers have confirmed that Spanish forward Francisco Sandaza has had his contract terminated by the club due to a breach of his agreement.

The attacker spoke over the phone with someone he believed to be an agent trying to secure him a move to MLS, divulging sensitive information regarding his contract and the fee for which the Gers would be looking in a transfer.

However, it has since been revealed that the person he spoke to was in fact a well-known Celtic fan, with the former Brighton & Hove Albion man even admitting that any interested clubs should come directly to him first before approaching Rangers, a key characteristic of tapping up.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Rangers announced today that the club has decided to terminate its contract with Francisco Sandaza. The player has been advised of the situation.

“Francisco spoke at length to someone posing as an agent and engaged in a conversation which the club believes to be a material breach of his contract of employment.

“The player was suspended but after careful consideration and a hearing with Francisco and his representatives, the cClub, and our advisors, believe that dismissal is the appropriate course of action.

“The termination is subject to the right of appeal under SFL rules and there will be no further comment from Rangers on this issue.”

Chelsea think De Bruyne is ready for first team, says agent

The Belgian starlet has been on loan at Werder Bremen this season but the Blues now believe that the 21-year-old could be ready to make an impact back at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea believe Kevin De Bruyne is ready to be integrated into the first team, according to the player’s agent.

The 21-year-old has spent the season on loan at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga playing 28 games, scoring six goals and creating another eight.

The Belgium international’s performances have convinced the Blues that he is ready to return to Stamford Bridge but agent Patrick De Koster is unsure of De Bruyne’s future because of the uncertainty surrounding the manager’s position.

“The conversation was very positive. They are pleased with his progress and think he is ready to become part of the first team,” De Koster told the Evening Standard.

“The only problem is there is still no clarity about who is head coach next season.”

The player himself admits that he may get shipped out on loan again next season if he is not a permanent fixture in the squad.

“Chelsea have told my agent that I must play for a big club if I don’t stay at Chelsea in the summer and that I have to play at a higher level,” De Bruyne told Kicker.

Toulalan rules out Atletico Madrid switch

The defensive midfielder has been tipped to move to the Vicente Calderon at the end of the current campaign – even though he still has two years left on his contract

Jeremy Toulalan has dismissed a report linking him with Atletico Madrid, revealing that he could not be happier at Malaga.

The France international still has two years to run on his current contract with los Boquerones and has zero interest in swapping the Rosaleda for the Vicente Calderon.

“It would be difficult to be happier than I am here,” Toulalan told Le Progres. “I’m really happy and, at the moment, the club is not is not talking about a possible departure.

“Even if we do discuss it, we would do so quietly.”

Toulalan, who has been capped 36 times by his country, joined Malaga from Olympique Lyonnais in 2011 and has played a key role in this season’s remarkable run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with their first-leg clash with Borussia Dortmund scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Former England goalkeeper James set for Iceland switch

The 42-year-old is set to join up with former Portsmouth team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson in Scandinavia after his latest stint in the English game ended last month

David James has revealed that he is to sign for Icelandic side IBV after his short-term contract with Bournemouth came to an end.

The 42-year-old, who has enjoyed spells at Liverpool, Aston Villa and Portsmouth in the past, ended his stint with the League One side by mutual consent last month.

And James looks set to reunite with former team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson, who now manages the Scandinavian club, taking on a player-coach role in the process.

“I am going to sign for #ibv in Iceland today. My role is as player/coach, alongside Herman. We are both very excited about the journey ahead,” James wrote on his Twitter account.

James also explained that he is looking to raise funds for cash-strapped Portsmouth, with one of his first games for his new employers set to be in a charity match against them at Fratton Park.

He added: “I am also looking forward to playing for £ibv in the match at Fratton Park, 16th April. Lets hope the club is sorted, sharpish!”