Following the comments of Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Marco Reus’s release clause, calling it “dangerous,” Borussia Dortmund has lashed back.
Rummenigge told German paper Bild that the 25-year-old Reus has a $33 million release clause in his contract, and spoke to ESPN that the Dortmund native is a “very interesting player.”
Well, Dortmund didn’t take kindly to that at ALL. The club posted a statement on its official website today, saying:
“Over the last couple of weeks FC Bayern Munich has repeatedly commented on contract contents of Borussia Dortmund players.”
Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke then had the following to say:
“Borussia Dortmund has noted with some irritation that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is currently discussing internal BVB matters in a three-day rhythm in the media. We are sure that every person interested in football knows what the intention of such statements is. Through his conduct, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is approving that the already tense relationship between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich is further damaged. We, as an employer, will naturally remain committed to our policy of never discussing contract matters of our employees in the public.”
It’s understandable that Dortmund would be upset with the Bavarians’ actions of late, considering Bayern has poached a number of key players from their rivals’ roster recently, including Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze in the last two summer windows.
However, Rummenigge has a point. Reus has been recovering from a serious ankle injury sustained just before the World Cup, but otherwise his resume is very strong and he is an electric player. Such a low release clause for a player still relatively young and with such talent is, well, dangerous for Dortmund. It’s a surprise nobody’s pounced on it yet, if true.
Speaking two days ago to Kicker, Reus admitted the entire league is looking up to Bayern coming into this next season. “It will be all about Bayern again in the Bundesliga.”