Real Madrid pull out of Lewandowski deal

Real Madrid have baulked at the idea of signing the Polish international Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich and have withdrawn from negotiations with the German champions, according to Sky in Germany.

The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Bavaria this season, as he has been in previous ones, but the Spanish side have now withdrawn from talks with his representatives, it’s been reported.

Munich Chief Executive Karl Heinz-Rummenigge told the well-thought-of publication Kicker that he envisages that the club will keep hold of their attacking focal point for another year at the very least.

“I am very happy that we still have such a long-term contract. [There’s] no need to worry – he will also play next season at Bayern Munich,” he said.

 

No Caster, but Manyonga leads SA charge in Shanghai

World champion Luvo Manyonga will lead a group of four South African athletes this Saturday, as they take on some of the best in the world in their respective disciplines at the second of 14 legs in the IAAF Diamond League series in Shanghai, China.

Manyonga, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia last month, will open his Diamond League campaign in the long jump.

Rynardt van Rensburg, the last of the South Africans in action, will also be confident of putting up a fight in the 800m.

Though some of the world’s top two-lap stars are giving the event a miss, Van Rensburg will line up against a handful of worthy opponents including experienced Polish athlete Marcin Lewandowski and two-time World Indoor Championships medallist, Andrew Osagie of Great Britain.

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