'Only Bayern can afford success' – Rummenigge slams PSG spending model

The Allianz Arena director has hailed the Bundesliga’s financial leanings and believes Europe’s big spenders cannot sustain their cashflow

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at the likes of Paris Saint-Germain for their excessive spending and feels only his side can afford to be so successful.

Rummenigge believes the Bavarians are the only top team in Europe making more money than they spend and he is proud of the financial model that’s being used in Germany.

“The Bundesliga’s financial model works very well. We do not spend more than we receive,” Rummenigge was quoted as saying by Kicker.

“The Premier League will remain the number one league, but even if we cannot catch them, the Bundesliga is still a great example of ‘affordable football’. We have to stay on this sustainable path.

“A club like Paris Saint-Germain have a €300 million payroll including taxes. It’s impossible to finance that.

“Bayern are the only top 10 club in Europe making a profit. We are the only team that can actually afford our success.”

The reigning Bundesliga champions recorded a record €432.8m turnover in 2013.

Rummenigge denies Bayern involvement in EU investigation

The Bavarians’ president has rejected claims his team were behind an inquiry that has seen Spanish clubs come under the microscope

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied claims the club were behind an inquiry into the financial dealings of seven Spanish clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

At least seven teams within Spain’s top two leagues are being investigated over alleged irregular public funding, but Rummenigge has insisted that the Bavarians have nothing to do with the allegations.

“I was horrified when I heard the allegations and I can only deny the accusations in the strongest terms,” the 58-year-old told tz. “It’s a complete lie.

“I have heard only through the media that the EU are investigating Spanish clubs, but I don’t know any details.

“Therefore, I would like to stress that Bayern played no role in this, and we have not blackened the name of any Spanish clubs.”

Rummenigge added that his relationship with Madrid president Florentino Perez and Barca chief Sandro Rosell was further proof that the rumours were nothing more than pure fiction.

“I’m friends with Florentino Perez and Sandro Rosell. I was with one of them at the Player of the Year awards and we did not address the matter.

“This shows that they know that these allegations are not true. Otherwise, I would have responded to both of them. There is trust in our relationship.

“If there is any problem, we pick up the phone and call each other, and then we solve the issue the easy way. Once again: all completely invented.”

Man Utd interested in Dante

The Brazilian denied reports he is set to leave Bayern, but, while his agent has confirmed the Red Devils’ interest in his client, he maintains there have been no talks

By Sam Lee

Manchester United are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Dante, though the player’s agent has warned any deal to take the player to the Premier League is far from close.

The Red Devils are long-term admirers of the Brazil international, having previously shown interest before he completed a move to the Allianz Arena from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, and continue to monitor his progress with the European champions.

Goal understands that Bayern are receptive to offers for the 30-year-old, having so far been unable to reach agreement on an extension to the defender’s current contract which expires at the end of next season.

After being asked by Fox Sport Brasil if he had already signed for United, Dante said: “Not yet. I am still a Bayern player. I appreciate Manchester United’s interest. At the end of the month it will be resolved.”

“We’ll have to wait until the 31st, but there’s still a lot to come.”

But while Dante suggests a move to Old Trafford is close, his agent was keen to stress that at the moment he has not held talks with any club but Bayern, although he did admit that English football interests his client.

“He has two more years on his contract and we are now in the race to make a new contract, but at the moment we have not found a solution so we are still waiting for Bayern,” Marcus Marin told Goal. “We are not in touch with any other clubs at the moment but in football you never know.

When asked specifically about Dante’s quotes on Brazilian television and Manchester United’s supposed interest, Marin replied: “No, I know that they follow him and we were in touch with Manchester [United] two years ago before [Dante] went to Bayern Munich, but at the moment I know only that they watch him at games, but we haven’t spoken to the club at the moment.

“We have not found a solution [with Bayern], so we are still in the race, but England is very interesting, Manchester United are a big club so you never know.

“Next month [Bayern] play in the next round of the Champions League against Arsenal and it is a good way to present himself in England. In the last game [in England] he played very well so yeah, we will see.”

Dante was part of the Bayern Munich team that won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup in 2013, as well as the Brazil side that claimed the Confederations Cup last summer.

United’s search for reinforcements has taken manager David Moyes across Europe, with the Scot present at Cagliari versus Juventus earlier this month to run the rule over home defender Davide Astori – as well as Juve midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

The Premier League champions have also held talks with Benfica regarding Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay.

Veteran defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic look set to leave Old Trafford this summer having not been offered extensions to their current deals, which expire at the end of the season.

Bayern turned down Chelsea offer for Ribery, reveals Rummenigge

The German giants could have cashed in on the France international in 2008, with Chelsea making an official bid and an enquiry from Real Madrid

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Bayern Munich turned down a big-money offer from Chelsea for Franck Ribery in 2008.

The France international was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid at the time, but Rummenigge has made it clear that the Spanish giants were not the only team after Ribery’s signature.

“Ribery is a hero with the fans and it’s a good thing that we didn’t give in when Real Madrid and a few more teams showed an interest in signing him in 2008,” the Bayern chairman was quoted as saying by TZ.

“We solved everything like gentlemen with Madrid, although I must stress that there was no official offer. They made an enquiry and we closed the door on a move right away.

“We could have made a lot of money, because we also had an official offer from Chelsea that was utter madness. It was the right thing not to sell him, though.

“That showed all clubs that Bayern are a buying club rather than a selling club. That’s the way it works with the big teams. You don’t stand a chance if a team like Barcelona or Madrid don’t want to sell and the same thing goes for Bayern these days.”

Ribery, 30, signed a new contract with Bayern until the summer of 2017 last year and has stated more than once that he intends to retire at the Bundesliga champions.

Defeat a wake-up call for Bayern – Beckenbauer

The Bavarians’ honorary president said his side will have to perform better in the Bundesliga after their friendly defeat on Saturday

Franz Beckenbauer said Bayern Munich have been handed a warning following their 3-0 loss to Red Bull Salzburg.

Bavarians boss Pep Guardiola experimented with a three-man defence in Saturday’s friendly but the tactical tweak back-fired as the treble-winners fell to a shock defeat.

The club’s honorary president kept a close eye on the game and said Bayern will need to respond in positive fashion when they return to Bundesliga action against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday, on the back of the winter break.

Beckenbauer said: “We have to understand the defeat as a warning. In the last six months everything has been harmonious.

“Salzurg were superior in all respects and we will have to concentrate fully against Gladbach, which I’m sure we will.”

Bayern resume league action sat top of the Bundesliga on 44 points – seven clear of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.