Rummenigge warns City off Bayern’s stars

FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has reacted angrily to Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain comments about poaching their players.

Ever since the Bavarian’s manager Pep Guardiola announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season to join City, speculation has been rife about which and how many of the current squad would follow him to the Premier League.

The Spanish mentor has repeatedly stated he would not attempt to poach players from the German champions after he left, but Begiristain stirred up some controversy this week when he stated the Premier League club could buy any of Bayern’s players if they so chose.

Rummenigge expressed his shock at the statement and reiterated they would not be bullied into selling their players by anyone.

“I was quite surprised about my Manchester City colleague’s comments,” Rummenigge told Bild. “Contracts are contracts and they should be respected, also by Manchester City.

“Bayern Munich always want to be the team in charge. That is always our goal.”

He used the example of David Alaba recently penning a contract extension with the club as an example of their ability to hang onto their best players.

“We also managed to achieve that in the case of Alaba. Bayern were the club calling the shots. And not some club from England with the crazy offers they can make.”