Bayern CEO worried about rivalry with Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the rivalry between his club and Borussia Dortmund shouldn’t get unnecessarily aggravated. The CEO expressed concern over the deteriorating relationship between the two German outfits.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have enjoyed a healthy rivalry in the history of football, a rivalry that has gotten worst over the last couple of years due to on and off the field issues.
Bayern Munich, who took away the Bundesliga title from Dortmund last year, have stolen their rival’s top players such as Mario Goetze. This act has won the Champions League winners more enmity.
Critical statements from coaches and administration aren’t helping the situation either. Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp recent stated that Bayern Munich’s director of sport Matthias Sammer “should thank God every day” for having the opportunity to work with Bayern Munich.
“That sentence shocked me at first, and then it angered me,” Rummenigge told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. “Matthias won the Champions League as a player with Dortmund, and then he coached them to the Bundesliga title.
“Bayern would never permit themselves so say anything about somebody in Dortmund who used to be with us and is now with them. We're at a level which reminds me of the relationship between Barcelona and Real Madrid. We need to return to a level of decency.”
Dortmund’s hatred towards Bayern Munich has intensified after the transfers of Goetze and Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker, Lewandowski, hasn’t officially made a move yet, but he has already inked a gentleman’s contract with Bayern Munich.
Many critics have seen Bayern Munich’s swoop in for Goetze and Lewandowski as an act to weaken Dortmund. Rummenigge insists that is not the intention of the Bavarian club and they are simply looking for good signings.
“It's not like we sign players from Dortmund or Schalke to hurt other clubs,” Rummenigge said. “We only sign players who will give Bayern more quality immediately.”
Lewandowski will move to Bayern Munich once the summer transfer window reopens. Bayern Munich haven’t officially welcomed the Poland international, but a deal seems to be in place and Lewandowski is confident about the move.