Mark van Bommel Leading Contender to Be Named New Bayern Munich Sporting Director

Monday July 24th, 2017

Ex-Netherlands midfielder ​Mark van Bommel is the favourite to be named Bayern Munich's new sporting director, ​Eurosport have reported.

The Dutchman played for the Bavarian club from 2006 to 2011, when he left for AC Milan after a disagreement with coach Louis van Gaal.

A combative midfielder during his playing days, Van Bommel is believed to be the preferred candidate of Bayern president Uli Hoeness.

Hoeness and Van Bommel have established a close friendship, and the club president has already tried to bring him to the club as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant coach.

The 40-year-old is currently under-19 coach for Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, but is likely to accept a new role with Bayern.

Hoeness recently revealed that Bayern are expecting to have announced a new sporting director "within the next six weeks".

"I think that we will present a sports director in the near future," he said. "Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have had a lot of long trips to China, and we have talked."

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Van Bommel himself has in the past openly expressed an interest in one day returning to Bayern.

"FC Bayern always excites me, I have always felt very comfortable, but unfortunately the paths have been separated since 2011," he said last year. "I do not know what the future will bring - but I can imagine it, if there is room for me. It is always an interesting option for me to think about."

Van Bommel, who speaks a number of languages including German, English and Spanish, has a reputation at Bayern and wide ranging footballing connections.

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