Rummenigge: Barca wanted to beat Bayern to Goretzka

ShareClose Comments
The young midfielder was highly sought after in the current window, but he ultimately decided to stay in the Bundesliga with Die Roten

Barcelona were ready to pounce if Bayern Munich had not completed their deal to sign Leon Goretzka, according to chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Germany midfielder Goretzka will leave Schalke at the end of this season to join the Bundesliga champions on a four-year deal, with the transfer confirmed by both clubs last week.

Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes and Rummenigge both hailed the deal as a positive for the Bundesliga as it kept one of Germany's premier talents in the country's top flight.

And Rummenigge has now claimed in an interview with Bayern-Magazin that La Liga giants Barcelona were in the running for 22-year-old.

"If we had not signed Leon, he would have very likely signed for Barcelona," he said. "In general, that cannot be [good] on behalf of German football.

"Leon is enormously talented, he is only 22 years old, a German international with great potential in his position. We would have been really wrong if we had not tried to sign him."

Article continues below

Goretzka drew criticism and boos from fans, with banners unveiled in protest over the transfer, when he turned out for Schalke in Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to Hannover. 

Bayern announced a transfer outgoing on Thursday, with Austria Under-21 Marco Friedl joining Werder Bremen on loan until the end of next season.

The 19-year-old left-back, a product of Bayern's youth system, has also signed a contract extension with his parent club running until June 2021.

Next article:
Bolt arrives in Sydney for A-League trial
Next article:
Sanchez is no Man Utd flop and Rashford has a point to prove - Brown
Next article:
'I'm here forever' - Usain Bolt lands in Australia desperate to earn A-League contract
Next article:
'You don't ask Messi to defend' - Arsenal must accept Ozil's flaws or sell him, says Kanu
Next article:
London derby does not need Moses or Iwobi to live up to its billing
Close