Sammer: Costa Not Replacing Ribery

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Apparently some people think new Bayern signing, Douglas Costa is a replacement for Franck Ribery. This speculation has been rubbished by Bayern’s sporting director, Matthias Sammer. He actually called it disrespectful.

Douglas Costa completed a €30 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Bayern Munich yesterday.

Sammer said though that he isn’t a replacement for the 32-year-old Frenchman who is battling with a long term injury.

“Very versatile, maybe not in defence but he can play multiple positions,” Sammer said of Costa.

“In reference to Franck Ribery, who is injured now for a long time, I think it is very disrespectful.

“He is injured, cannot train with the team but is still a player of Bayern Munich.

“We will wait for him, he has our full support and we hope that he will come back healthy as soon as possible.

“Douglas Costa is not his replacement.

“Of course, Costa can play on the right side, because he can attack the middle with his strong left foot but he can also play on the left side and in the middle.

“Altogether I see him as an offensive player, with a lot of flexibility.”

Sammer also said Bayern “will wait and see” on the future of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is yet to confirm he will stay at the Bundesliga powerhouse that he has called home since joining the youth team in 1998.



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