Bayern chairman speaks out about English youth system

Bayern Munich chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused English clubs of “kidnapping” young talented foreign players.

The German giants are scheduled to open a new youth academy in summer 2017. This setup will be based in the North of Munich.

In an interview with Bayern Munich’s club magazine, Rummenigge said, “We don’t want to bring some 10- or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do.

“You could almost speak of kidnapping with them and I would have moral reservations about that.”

The German youth system means that clubs cannot sign players who are under the age of 18 from abroad.

Although this rule is in place there are three ways a club can bring in a foreign youngster under the age of 18.

If a player meets one of the following criteria then they will be granted permission to join a German club’s youth academy.

  • A player aged between 16 and 18 who is moving between a European Union nation.
  • A player who is moving less than 100km across an international border.
  • A player who is moving to Germany with their parents for non-football reasons.

Rummenigge went on to say, “Our priority will certainly be Germany and Bavaria.

“Our future talented players will much rather come from Rosenheim than Rio.”

Bayern Munich are currently top of the Bundesliga with 20 points to their name, having played eight games.

The German Champions, who are currently unbeaten face FC Augsburg next Saturday.

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