FC Bayern München have lofty ambitions to produce “a player every year for the first team” following the opening of their new youth academy.
Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the current state of inflated transfer fees is ‘madness’ and believes the new centre gives the club a better chance of producing their own players.
David Alaba was the last Bayern youth player to graduate into the first team, all the way back in 2010, leaving the club to spend £100m on new signings during the off-season.
While the new facility cost £64.1m Bayern hope to recoup the money by spending less on buying established players in the future.
The new “FC Bayern Campus” has a stadium as well as seven other football pitches and a boarding school.
Speaking about the new infrastructure, Bayern president Uli Hoeness said: “We see a chance to generate lots of success with this campus. This campus will be another crucial foundation for the future of FC Bayern, another trademark of our club.
“Through clever tactics, FC Bayern aim to train talents even better at this youth academy than at the Sabener Strasse training facility, which burst at the seams.
“The new FC Bayern Campus will also provide one answer to the current transfer madness and the explosion of salaries.”