Van Gaal signs new Bayern deal

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the news this

afternoon. “We are absolutely convinced with Louis Van Gaal’s

work,” he said. “It is too easy to extend contracts after successes

and we have chosen a rather difficult situation for this contract

extension in order to show ahead of the Champions League duel with

Basle that we are happy with Van Gaal’s philosophy and that we

would like to bring continuity to the sporting side of the club

with him.” Van Gaal’s coaching team of Andrie Jonker, Frans Hoek,

Jos van Dyk, Marcel Bout and Max Reckers have also had their

contracts extended by a year. Saturday’s shock defeat to Mainz left

them with just one victory from four games at the Allianz Arena

this season and Rummenigge has warned his players that they must

show a response in Switzerland tomorrow night. “The beautiful thing

about football is that we have the chance to put things right three

days later and we have got to put things right because you cannot

survive in the Champions League with such a performance,” he said.

“We cannot afford ourselves the luxury of believing that sooner or

later we will turn things around like last season. “We have got to

ensure we turn the corner now.” Bayern made the short flight this

morning without the injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Breno and

Diego Contento, who has been ruled out for four to six weeks due to

a groin injury he picked up in training on Friday. Danijel Pranjic

replaced him on Saturday, but his error led to the opening goal for

Mainz and Van Gaal may make another change at the back with the

out-of-favour Martin Demichelis a candidate with Holger Badstuber

moving across to the left. Bayern will be coming up against a

familiar face at the St Jakob Park Stadion tomorrow night as their

former midfielder Thorsten Fink is in charge of Basle. They warmed

up for tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated clash with a 4-1 win at

Zurich in the Swiss Super League, even after losing both Behrang

Safari and Beg Ferati to red cards. However, both are still

eligible to play tomorrow night since their suspensions only apply

domestically. Former Stuttgart and Cologne striker Marco Streller

scored two of their goals on Saturday and he is looking forward to

tomorrow night’s clash, even though he recognises that his side

will be up against it. “Bayern are the overwhelming favourites, but

that does not mean we have no chance,” said the Swiss striker.