Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Mathieu rejects Bayern
Bayern have been in the market for defenders and have selected Jeremy Mathieu as their target. However, the French center-back insists that he is happy at the club. Even a phone-call directly from Bayern coach Pep Guardiola wasn't enough to persuade the defender as he hopes to remain here and is happy with his role in the team.
There were no details on price, duration or salary offered to him. Barcelona have also been chasing him for the past few years now so they might also have gotten the message that he wants to stay. You could say that he did it because he wouldn't be guaranteed playing time at Barca or Bayern. That would've been true before, but with the defensive frailties both clubs showed this year, that's not the case anymore as both clubs are reforming their defense.
A lot of people have complained about Mathieu being a poor defender at times but there are many who view as a crucial asset in this team. Whether you like him or you hate him, if he did reject Bayern, he made a real statement of commitment to Valencia and its supporters.