Bayern: No Martinez? No drama

Bayern Munich Coach Jupp Heynckes has dismissed the idea that the club failing to sign Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao would be a disaster.

The Germans have seen their move for the Spanish midfielder develop into a saga, amid their reluctance to be hit with a high tax bill on top of a €40m transfer fee and Athletic’s refusal to settle for anything less than that scenario.

Bayern officials have admitted that the Basques are proving difficult to negotiation with, and it has the club’s Coach now considering life without the 23-year-old.

“We are already set up in defensive midfield very well,” Heynckes, who has twice coached Athletic, responded to the German media today when asked of the situation.

“We shall wait and see, but you must understand the Basque Country, understand the Basque people and their club Athletic Bilbao.”

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