Munch likely to leave Gladbach

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MARKUS MUNCH is expected to leave Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach before his contract expires in June 2004, after he confirmed that his rift with coach Hans Meyer cannot be resolved.

The 30-year-old stopper was banished from the squad earlier this month for disciplinary problems, and despite being a virtual ever-present it now appears as though he is set for the Bokelberg exit door.

"Right from the start our relationship was very difficult," declared the former Bayern Munich and Besiktas star.

"I'd still like to fulfil my contract, but several agents have contacted me, confirming that there's plenty of interest from other German and also from clubs abroad."

Given the fact that Germany's most respected football magazine Kicker recently voted him the best left-back of the Bundesliga, outclassing even French internationals Bixente Lizarazu and Willy Sagnol, a transfer in June 2003 seems to be on the cards.

Meyer fined Munch ‚é¼10,000 for an alleged breech of discipline and suspended the gifted left-foot for Gladbach's final game before the winter break at Bremen.

The former Uefa Cup champions are expected to sell Munch before he becomes a free agent as the club needs to balance their books for their 56,000 capacity ground which will replace the outdated Bokelberg at the end of 2004.