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    Toni fined but given chance to remain at Bayern

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    Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni has been fined 25,000 euros for his criticism of coach Louis van Gaal but has been told he could remain at the club if he apologises for his remarks.


    Luca Toni wants to move back to Serie A to improve his chances of playing for Italy

    Toni said on Monday his relationship with Van Gaal was "as good as over" after having "problems" with him for over four months. German newspaper Bild said the player had been suspended by the club as a result of the remarks and it was thought that it would seal his departure in January.

    However, while Bayern's general manager Uli Hoeness has revealed the striker has been fined, he insists his future at the Allianz Arena is dependent on an apology.

    "His comments are not acceptable," Hoeness told Sky television. "He has been given a total fine of 25,000 euros, but we are still waiting for an apology. Should one arrive then I think he still has a chance here."

    Roma and Valencia are both reported to be interested in the 32-year-old, who favours a return to Italy this winter to boost his chances of making Marcello Lippi's World Cup squad.

    Bayern did not need Toni to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night as they beat Maccabi Haifa 1-0. However, it was not a vintage Bayern performance and Hoeness feels there is still plenty of work to do.

    "You can still see that our team is not playing with the self-confidence that we should have," Hoeness said. "On the one hand, we tried very hard and created chances, but once again, we did not score enough goals.

    "But in the end, we needed to taste success again and we have managed that with this win and now we have the chance to still qualify and that will certainly give us self-confidence."

    Bayern travel to Turin in a fortnight needing to beat Juventus to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. A draw would be good enough to see the Bianconeri go through.

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