The official length of Landon Donovan's loan has been disclosed by Bayern Munich. Club chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the deal will end before the 2009 MLS season begins.
Speaking in an interview with Bayern Magazine, Rummenigge claimed that the Donovan will be the only addition to "a very confirmed, harmonious team." The American attacker will join the team officially in the January transfer window, perhaps as early as New Year's Day. The loan will end on March 15, 2009.
Should a permanent deal not materialize, that means Donovan could be available for the Los Angeles Galaxy's first game of the '09 MLS season. D.C. United will be visiting the Home Depot Center on March 22, a game that will be broadcast on TeleFutura.
If the U.S. international can earn a permanent deal with Jürgen Klinsmann's squad, that possibility becomes irrelevant.
Rummenigge also scratched rumors that the Bavarian giants could make a January move for Anatoly Timoschtschuk. The Zenit St. Petersburg captain had been linked with Bayern, but according to Rummenigge, no deal will happen midseason.
On players already with Bayern, Rummenigge rejected claims that any could be moving away. An unhappy Lukas Podolski has been linked back to Cologne or to mega-rich Manchester City, but no deal can happen until the summer, when Bayern will have time to find a replacement, claims Rummenigge.
Frank Ribéry, on the other hand, is "unsellable." Even the Frenchman has claimed he will stay until his contract ends in 2011, and Bayern is unlikely to let its star player go without a fierce quarrel.
Rummenigge went on to explain that Bayern's management team would be taking time in the winter break to hammer out contract extensions for Mark van Bommel, Zé Roberto and Bastian Schweinsteiger. All three could leave on a free in the summer as their current deals will have run out. Some rumors link Zé Roberto with a move to MLS if he cannot agree a deal in Germany.