Bayern chief prefers a stadium to Neymar
BERLIN: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the German champions would never spend anywhere near the €222 million (RM1.1 billion) that Paris Saint Germain paid for Brazilian forward Neymar this month, saying he would prefer a stadium with that money.
Rummenigge, who also heads the Europe’s clubs association (ECA), said more “rationality” was required as transfer costs spiralled out of control.
“During the Neymar transfer I asked myself the question what would be more important: Neymar or the Allianz Arena,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild magazine yesterday.
“I have to say clearly that I prefer having the Allianz Arena which is also more important. We as Bayern Munich must have a different philosophy,” Rummenigge said.
“Overall the Neymar transfer could cost even more than the arena.”
Bayern took out a €346 million loan in 2005 to build their new stadium on the outskirts of the city and paid off the 25-year loan 16 years early in 2014. Reuters