Bayern not signing Dortmund players to weaken them, insists Beckenbauer

The 68-year-old has responded to recent accusations that the Bundesliga champions are trying to derail their direct rivals

Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has insisted that the Bavarians are not deliberately trying to weaken Borussia Dortmund.

BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently hit out at the reigning Bundesliga champions, claiming that they aim to destroy their domestic rivals by signing their top players such as Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.

Nevertheless, Beckenbauer has maintained that Bayern are solely focusing on strengthening their own team and not on possible side-effects.

“Bayern buy the players they feel they need to strengthen the team. It’s merely a coincidence if that includes two players who are at Dortmund,” Beckenbauer told Sky 90.

“Signing a player strengthens your own team, while weakening this player’s former team in the process. That’s not the main goal, though, but just a side-effect.”

Former Bayern star Paul Breitner slammed Watzke for his comments about Bayern’s philosophy at the weekend, but Beckenbauer feels the Dortmund director has every right to voice his opinion.

“Saying that Watzke is just trying to create an anti-Bayern atmosphere is wrong. He has the right to say how he feels.”

Bayern currently hold a 17-point lead over Dortmund in the Bundesliga table.

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