Skipper expresses Van regret
Mark van Bommel has spoken of his disappointment that Bayern Munich failed to sign Gregory van der Wiel.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 04/10/10 12:34pm
Bayern Munich skipper Mark van Bommel has spoken of his disappointment that the club failed in their bid to sign Gregory van der Wiel.
The German champions made an approach to sign the defender over the summer but the 22-year-old remained at Ajax.
Van Bommel believes his compatriot, who played in all but one of Holland's games at the World Cup, would have proved a great acquisition for Bayern, who have endured a stuttering start to their Bundesliga campaign.
Dutch winger Arjen Robben has proved a big hit since his move to the Allianz Arena and Van Bommel believes Van der Wiel would have made a similar impact.
He told BILD: "We are conceding in a useless way. We have to challenge ourselves for doing so.
"I would have liked to see the club signing Gregory van der Wiel.
"There were two players I definitely wanted to see signing for Bayern Munich. Therefore I sent them messages on their mobile phones again and again.
"Those players were Arjen Robben and Gregory van der Wiel. I have the opinion that Gregory van der Wiel would have helped us a lot."
Van Bommel has signed two one-year deals with Bayern in recent seasons and is tied to the club until the end of the campaign.
But the 33-year-old is determined to seek fresh talks with the club about prolonging his stay as he believes he can play at the top level until 2012 at least.
Speaking concerning his own future, he added: "Nothing is decided just yet. I have the ambition to play at a top level until at least 2012.
"I believe that I am going to be able to keep my standard for at least two to three years.
"In recent seasons I have always been waiting quite long until I found my future solved.
"Now I want to get that sorted out earlier. I am going to seek talks, I am going to take the initiative."