Thursday, August 12, 2021
“Risk of being left behind”
Nagelsmann worries about Bavaria’s future
In the fight for the European football crown, the international elite are arming themselves powerfully. Paris indulges in Lionel Messi. Man City made the record transfer in England clear and Man United grabbed an attack from the Bundesliga. FC Bayern, on the other hand, looks on, is amazed – and worries.
Julian Nagelsmann, the new coach of FC Bayern, sees the ludicrous developments in the European competition with some concern. “There is a risk of being left behind. I rub my eyes from time to time, what has happened in the last few weeks. I don’t know exactly how they can do it,” said the 34-year-old with a view of some mega -Transfers from the past few days. Nagelsmann hopes that UEFA “will certainly keep an eye on it”. UEFA must have an interest in “keeping it a competition”.
Paris St. Germain confirmed the spectacular deal with Lionel Messi on Tuesday. The little Argentine, who had to leave his old love FC Barcelona in a dramatic way, completes an absurd star ensemble in the French capital around Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Sergio Ramos, who also joined in the summer. Like Messi, he came on a free transfer. Ramos was the leader of Real Madrid for years. Manchester City had previously made the record transfer from Jack Grealish (for about 118 million euros). And the city rival United had grabbed the top talent Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. For 80 million.
FC Bayern is “the flagship in Germany and is in a better situation than other clubs. It’s a bit more difficult for them. But it’s also complicated for FC Bayern,” stressed Nagelsmann. There are “50 + 1, investor issues and tax issues that make it extremely complicated.” According to Nagelsmann, Germany has “a very good TV contract, even if it is worse than in England. It is easier for these clubs to generate money and then spend it.” The former Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had also warned in “Sport Bild” this week. “We must all, especially German football, have a great interest in finding regulations. Otherwise German football will be left behind on the international scene,” he said.