Rummenigge: Dortmund guilty of double standards over Reus
The Bayern chief has pointed out that the Signal Iduna Park side signed the forward from Borussia Monchengladbach by meeting his buy-out clause
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused Borussia Dortmund of double standards over their furious reaction to his comments on Marco Reus’ contractual situation.
BVB were outraged when Rumenigge publicly stated during the summer that the Germany international’s buy-out clause will drop to €25 million next summer.
However, the Bayern chief finds Dortmund’s anger ironic given their Bundesliga rivals acquired Reus in 2012 by meeting his €17.1m buy-out clause at former club Borussia Monchengladbach.
“How is the situation different to his move to Dortmund?” Rummenigge is quoted as saying by SID.
“Thanks to the buy-out clause, BVB managed to prise Marco away from Monchengladbach.”
Rummenigge also dismissed the accusation that one of Bayern’s primary goals ever summer is to continually strip Dortmund’s squad of its most valuable assets, with the Bavarians having lured both Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski away from Signal Iduna Park over the past 18 months.
“We don’t need to weaken anybody,” he insisted. “Each transfer has just one goal: to increase the quality of our team.
“Having BVB as a strong competitor for Bayern is good for the whole of the Bundesliga.
“They have a good team, a good coach and good directors. What BVB have created in recent years is no accident, but rather the result of good work.”
Rummenigge admitted, though, that Bayern are delighted that Gotze is finally flourishing after a difficult debut season at the Allianz Arena following his move from Dortmund.
“The boy has been through an incredibly good development since the World Cup,” he enthused.
“He not only scores important goals, he is now playing the way we like.”