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Bayern chief questions PSG’s Neymar signing, declaring: “I prefer having the Allianz Arena”

Date Posted,August 9, 2017

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has questioned PSG’s Neymar move, declaring Bayern would never spend so much on one player – saying he would prefer to buy a stadium with that money.

Brazil star Neymar completed his mega-money move from Barcelona to the Parc des Princes last week, more than doubling the previous transfer record.

“During the Neymar transfer I asked myself the question what would be more important: Neymar or the Allianz Arena,” declared Rummenigge, speaking to SportBild.

“‘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.

“Overall the Neymar transfer could cost even more than the arena.”

Neymar was given a warm welcome by his new fans at the weekend (Image: AFP)
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Image: Bayern/Getty)

Bayern took out a £312million, 25-year loan to build the stadium on the outskirts of Munich in 2005. That loan was paid off in 2014. All told, the package Les Parisiens have splashed out to bring Neymar to France could cost in excess of £400million.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness recently admit Die Roten can’t compete in the current transfer climate.

“I don’t want to buy a player for €150million or €200million,” he told SID . “I don’t want to join in such madness. That’s something that we will refuse totally at Bayern.”

Bayern took James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid this summer (Image: Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Corentin Tolisso arrived in Munich as Bayern’s record signing this summer (Image: Bongarts/Getty Images)

Rummenigge suggested that not only can Bayern not compete with the likes of PSG, but that they don’t want to either.

“We do not want to do this and we cannot do this [spending like PSG]. And that is fine. That is also seen as the right way by the public and our fans.”

Rummenigge also doubles as the head of Europe’s Club Association (ECA) and believes that ever-escalating fees need to be discussed.

“FIFA, UEFA, the ECA, leagues and the players union FIFpro should discuss this,” Rummenigge said. “I think we should all sit at the table, that would be my proposal. We could find more rational rules for football as a whole.

“Otherwise the public will not understand it anymore, fans will lose their connection.”

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