Bay­ern chief prefers a sta­dium to Ney­mar

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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