Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive Officer Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club are intent on finding and nurturing the next Ousmane Dembélé or Christian Pulisic, through the club's academy.
Watzke believes that future star performers such as the pair are unlikely to come to Dortmund at an older age, as the financial power of clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and others begin to dominate the market for the world's best players.
Speaking at BVB's Annual General Meeting on Monday, the 58-year-old said, "The (Kylian) Mbappé and Dembeles don't come to BVB any more when they are 20. Not to Bayern either. [The youth academy] is the area with which the next Dembeles and Pulisics will come to BVB again. We have a big challenge ahead of us."
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Meanwhile, the CEO added that he backed coach Peter Bosz to turn the season around despite a 10-match winless streak in all competitions, saying, "There must be reasons for the current situation, and mistakes have also been made, for sure.
"I have the clear expectation from you, Peter, that you put everything on the table, leave no stone unturned. We have to get back on the right track quickly. Qualifying for the Champions League comes before everything."
Die Schwarzgelben are next in action in the league when they take on Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday at the BayArena. The visitors are in fifth place eight points behind leaders FC Bayern München.