Bayern CEO: We're still keen on Palhinha

Bayern Munich sporting director Christoph Freundhas confirmed that the club are still interested inFulham midfielder Joao Palhinha.

The midfielder nearly moved to the German champions on Transfer Deadline Day over the summer - but the £56m move fell through.

Palhinha has since signed a new five-year deal at Craven Cottage but Bayern have not been deterred by that development. 

"Of course, he is still on our radar. The club worked intensively with Palhinha in the summer," Freund told BILD.

"I was there for the bit on the last, strange day of the transfer window, but you can't say yet what will happen. We are generally exploring the market."

Asked about the Bayern situation, Palhinha told O Jogo this week: I don’t know what will happen in the future. Obviously, it’s really affected me and my family, but that’s all in the past, I don’t want to think about it too much. 

"It’s a great source of pride, you know what happened. In my life everything that has happened has been for a reason, I like to think of it like that,

"The future will tell me whether what happened was really what had to happen or not, but only the future will show me that. 

"I want to keep going the way I’ve been going, nobody has given me anything throughout my career, and everything I’ve achieved is down to my worth, my work. I hope it stays that way. 

"I’m 28, but I know I can go higher and I’m looking to the future with that ambition."