Speaking exclusively to Sky Germany, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge discussed the future of head coach Niko Kovač, the Bundesliga club’s transfer policy and the outgoing Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben.
Rummenigge on the future of Kovač after Der Klassiker victory:
“There is no job guarantee at Bayern Munich, for anyone. Everyone has to deliver, that’s a principle at Bayern. Everyone has to be able to handle this pressure. Because who cannot handle pressure is at the wrong club.
“What happened in October and November was self inflicted. The coach was rotating all over the place. You can always rotate a bit, but if you rotate too much, the structure is not viable anymore. I’m a fan of the best eleven players in the starting lineup.
“We will analyse everything after the season ends. There was a phase when there was a lot of internal criticism. Otherwise we would not have had a nine point deficit. As I said, there’s no job guarantee at Bayern. Our goal is to win the double.”
Rummenigge on the signing of Lucas Hernández and Bayern’s transfer targets:
“Jogi Löw congratulated us on the signing of Lucas. He said: ”This Hernández is one of the best defensive players in the world’. He was one of the best defensive players at the World Cup and can play at centre-back and left-back. We really wanted this player and we could only get him for €80 million, the amount of his release clause.
“The prices are going in one direction: only upwards. In the end, you have to do what you have to do, what you think is right. I’m not worried about the well-being of Bayern. Our goal is not only to be German champions, but to play for the Champions League title every year.
Rummenigge on Kai Havertz:
“I totally understand Rudi Völler [on Kai Havertz]. I would not sell him now in his place either. Every transfer is a three-party business, If a party says no, the matter is settled.”
Rummenigge on Timo Werner:
“I do not comment on players who are under contract with another club beyond June 30, 2019. This is a matter of respect and in the FIFA policyit’s also noted to not comment on that.”
Rummenigge on Ribéry & Robben:
“Franck came in 2007, Arjen 2009. We had ten outstanding years with this duo. We have purposefully decided to extend their contracts last year as a show of gratitude. We will have a farewell match with both because they deserved it.”