Hargreaves made to wait

14 December 2006 01:33
Bayern Munich have reiterated their desire to keep hold of Owen Hargreaves, despite the midfielder claiming he is desperate to move to England. The England World Cup star was a summer transfer target for Manchester United and earlier in the week expressed his desire to quit the Bundesliga for the Premiership. But Bayern remain adamant that the 25-year-old will not be leaving in the January transfer window. "Our stance is the same - nothing will happen in the winter break," general manager Uli Hoeness told Kicker. Hargreaves hasn't played since September 16 when he broke his leg in a Bundesliga game with Arminia Bielefeld. Speaking about United's summer interest earlier in the week he said: "I received a lot of criticism for suggesting it would have been a great opportunity, but sometimes you need to say it. I don't feel bad about anything I said or did. "Anybody who sees them play at the moment knows it's a very special team and they're in a great time. "But it's not like I'm saying I want to go to AC Milan or Inter Milan because they're offering me more money. "It's because it's England and because Britain is where my family is. "My parents and my brothers are in Canada, but the whole of my dad's side of the family is in Bolton and my mum's side is in Rhyl."

Source: ESA