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Thu Apr 24 14:34:43 SAST 2014

Bayern keep Bender in their sights

Sapa-dpa | 23 July, 2012 13:020 Comments
Germany Training & Press Conference - UEFA EURO 2012
Lars Bender exercises during a Germany training session at their Euro 2012 training ground on June 23, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland
Image by: Joern Pollex / Getty Images

Bayern Munich remain interested in signing Germany midfielder Lars Bender despite a transfer being ruled out by the player’s club Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted on Monday by Kicker sports magazine’s website as saying “there is always a price, the question is whether Bayern are prepared to pay it.” 

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes has made no secret of his admiration for 23-year-old Bender, a player he knows well from his time as coach of Leverkusen.

Bayern’s open interest in the player, who scored the winner for Germany in the 2-1 defeat of Denmark at Euro 2012, has angered Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhaeuser.

However Rummenigge, who is with Bayern on a tour of China, said Leverkusen should “be relaxed about this subject.” 

Bender, whose twin brother Sven play for champions Borussia Dortmund, is a product of 1860 Munich’s youth system. He joined Leverkusen in the summer of 2009 and has another five years to run on his contract.

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