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No Beckham types wanted as Ballack replacement - Magath

Written by: Staff

BERLIN, Mar 22 (Reuters) Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath does not want any ''Beckham types'' in his squad to replace Germany captain Michael Ballack next season.

Asked what would happen after Ballack's expected exit, Magath told Bild newspaper today: ''Our style of play will change. Without him we have less of a fixed point in attack and we must see that we reach the goal a different way.'' Bayern appear likely to bring in Germany striker Lukas Podolski from Bundesliga rivals Cologne. They have also been linked with Hamburg's Belgian defender Daniel Van Buyten and two midfielders -- Dutchman Mark van Bommel of Barcelona and German Tim Borowski of Werder Bremen.

''I am optimistic that we will find the right players to help us,'' Magath told the newspaper. ''I have to remain realistic. We will not get Ronaldinho.

''We do not need Beckham types. What is important is that a new player wants to lead the team, that he integrates, and of course has footballing quality,'' Magath said.

Bayern chiefs have recognised that they may not be able to hold on to Ballack, whose contract with the German champions expires at the end of the season.

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been quoted as saying he wants Ballack at Stamford Bridge.

Commercial manager Uli Hoeness has said that Bayern would not be able to compete financially with Chelsea if the English champions wanted him.


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