Diego aims to emulate Zidane

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Wolfsburg's Brazilian midfielder Diego believes he can be the new Zinedine Zidane should be complete his expected move to Juventus.

The attacking midfielder is believed to be on the verge of sealing a £20m move to the Turin giants where Zidane enjoys legendary status following his glittering five-year spell with the club in the late 1990s.

"Let's just say we are very close, a tiny step away," he said of his move to Italy.

"I want to play for Juventus. I have always dreamt of playing in Italy.

"I think Serie A is the most beautiful and difficult league and Juve have showed me how much they really want me.

"There are so many great champions in Italy. Zidane used to be my role model and I watched him on TV. He is French, but has Brazilian feet.”

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich's title hopes have taken a knock with the news that Hamit Altintop will play no part in their remaining fixtures this season.

The Turkey midfielder suffered a calf muscle strain in the warm-up prior to Tuesday's 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen and is facing at least two weeks on the sidelines.

Altintop will now miss Bayern's two remaining games this season - against Hoffenheim on Saturday and Stuttgart next weekend - as they look to overhaul league leaders Wolfsburg.

The two teams are currently level on points at the top of the Bundesliga table, but Wolfsburg have a narrow two-goal advantage in the goal difference stakes.

Elsewhere, Kevin-Prince Boateng looks to have played his final game for Borussia Dortmund after being hit with a four-match ban.

The 22-year-old midfielder was punished by the German FA after appearing to kick Wolsfburg's Makoto Hasebe during his side's 3-0 defeat on Tuesday.

Boateng is currently on loan at the Westfalenstadion from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal which will end in the summer.

He will now miss Dortmund's two remaining fixtures - against Arminia Bielefeld and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The Europa League hopefuls are also believed to be unwilling to match Spurs' five million euro valuation of the player to make his loan move into a permanent summer transfer.