After three draws in a row in the Bundesliga, the Munich lead over Leipzig and Dortmund has shrunk to two and three points respectively. Things haven’t been going so well for Bayern in the league recently, but ex-boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge isn’t worried about the competition from Dortmund and Leipzig.

“These clubs have a different philosophy, also due to different economic conditions,” explains Rummenigge in an interview with “T-Online”, sometimes citing two personal details. “Bayern Munich would never sell a Bellingham or Nkunku,” he clarifies.

After all, in Munich the law applies that players “who are essential for the quality of the team” have to stay, even if you “have to put the money on the table.”

FC Bayern introduced this when there were sometimes absurd offers for Franck Ribéry. “Uli Hoeneß, Karl Hopfner and I met Franck Ribéry at Tegernsee and said to him: ‘You can turn your head on your head, but you’ll stay with us. We are now making you a new contract offer and will go to the limits of what is possible’”, recalls the former Bayern CEO. Accordingly, the “transfer was rejected” and the “said rule was drawn up”.

Last summer, however, Bayern had to break their own rule. Robert Lewandowski did not want to renew his contract, which is why the Munich team preferred to sell the Pole a year before the end of the contract.

A comparable case occurred at Thiago in the summer of 2020. David Alaba and Toni Kroos left because they did not feel the salary offer from Munich was good enough. Contrary to Rummenigge’s statement, it is not always the case with Munich that they always put sporting interests ahead of financial interests.

This article was written by Dominik Hager

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