German legends scorn English league
MUNICH — The failureure of Premier League clubs to land a numberr of Bundesliga targets illustrates the superiorityrity of the German top flight, says Karl-heinz z Rummenigge.
In a statement that’s t’s sure to inflame existing tensions betweenen the two countries ahead of the Europeann Championship this summer, the Bayernayern Munich CEO has openly stateded that the English top flight lags s behind its German and Spanish panish counterparts.
This follows the inability of certain highhprofile Premiership clubs to land the signatures of Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and David Alaba, all four of whom m signed contract extensions with the German erman champions.
“What we’ve shownn with those contract extensions is that the door is closed, no matter who comes,” Rummeniggemmenigge told Kicker. “All those players are world class and there was a great demand.
“The players feel well ell here, in the city and in the (Allianz) Arena. a. We don’t have to discuss that finances alsoo play a role.
“We don’t have to bee excessive like it’s the case in England. I don’tn’t believe the English market is very popularr with the players.
“It’s no coincidence that the football there lags behind the Spanish sh or the German.”
His sentiments are e backed up by Bayer Leverkusen’s director of sports, Rudi Voller.
The former Germanyany international and World Cup winner feelsels that the amount of money spent by the English clubs is disproportionate to the successess they enjoy.
“There are clubs inn England that spend much more money, butt don’t do a lot of things as properly as Bayern,” n,” said Voller. “That’s the difference.”
“Bayern buy the bestest players, and it fits. You can see they haveve a plan. With English clubs you sometimesmes get the impression that’s not case.
“I follow Spanish, Italian and English football, and Premier League is least fun to watch. Maybe the level l of excitement is higher because more teamss compete for the title than it’s the case in Spain or Germany,” he added. — Reuters