Bayern to take action over Leno rumours

Bernd Leno

FC Bayern München will take legal action against a German tabloid for claiming they are lining up a January move for Bayer 04 Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno.

The Bavarian giants have just one experienced gloveman at their disposal in Tom Starke after losing Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich to injury.

Ulreich has ably deputised for Neuer since the Bayern captain suffered a recurrence of the foot injury that saw him miss the run-in to last season and the Confederations Cup.

However, Die Roten boss Jupp Heynckes was forced to turn to Starke on Saturday after Ulreich injured his thigh in the warm-up ahead the 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 36-year-old, who had come out of retirement in September following Neuer’s injury, made his 100th league appearance as Heynckes’s side stretched their lead at the top of the table.

The club’s injury woes in goal led to suggestions from Bild that Leno was a mid-season target for them – rumours which have been strenuously denied.

“The Bild newspaper claims in its current issue that Bayern Munich want to sign Bernd Leno from Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen ‘in the winter break’,” a statement from Bayern read.

“This reporting is without foundation. Bayern Munich will take legal action.”

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “With our goalkeepers we are very satisfied.”