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I Am Not A Robot - Bayern Munich Centre-Half Daniel Van Buyten

It is safe to say that Bayern Munich centre-half Daniel van Buyten is not in the form of his life. The 32-year old has struggled in recent matches, prompting questions of his qualifications to start in Louis van Gaal's line-up. In an interview, Van Buyten admitted his mortality, and likened his current slump of form to that experienced by Bastian Schweinsteiger two years ago.

"I am a human, not a robot," he told TZ. "I can compare myself to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who once had a difficult period."

When asked to comment on the criticism he has received in recent weeks, the Belgian said: "Of course it hurts, but it is justified. If I am not playing well, I do not want pity."

Two howlers in last week's 4-1 win over Frankfurt saw Van Buyten exit the game at half-time. With Holger Badstuber set to return within the next week or so, his starting role is in jeopardy.

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