Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has slammed star striker Roberto Lewandowski after the Pole criticized the club’s spending policy in an interview. The German champions have signed the likes of Corentin Tolisso, James Rodriguez, Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy but Lewandowski was far from impressed.
The 29-year-old was critical of the club’s transfer policy, claiming that Bayern have to match the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain if they are to be successful. However, these comments have not gone down well with Rummenigge.
Speaking to Bild, as reported by FourFourTwo, Rummenigge said, “It would be a pity, if he actually saw it that way. Loyalty is part of Bayern’s DNA and very important to our fans.”
“For a long time now we have a serious and successful philosophy that brought us big success. I stick with our chancellor who said the fees should be regulated and reduced.”
Lewandowski previously courted controversy when he claimed at the end of last season that his teammates have failed to help him achieve the golden boot and Rummenigge was keen to point that out.
“Obviously Robert was irritated by PSG’s transfers. He is employed with us as a football player and earns a lot of money. I regret what he said. Whoever publicly criticises the club or his team-mates will get in trouble with me personally. He already made false claims last season following the Freiburg match, where he claimed he had not been supported enough,” he added.
The CEO also suggested that Lewandowski’s outburst might be the work of his agent. He said, “I don’t think the player’s might is that high. And Lewandowski can see that when he looks at his contract. He signed until 2021 without an exit clause.”
“Regrettably his agent often is his ‘Spiritus Rector’. That was the case here, too. The interview was consciously organised around FC Bayern. He harms Robert with that.”
Despite the controversy, Lewandowski has started the season in fine fashion, with six goals in five games. The former Borussia Dortmund striker will hope to maintain his good form and help Bayern win the Bundesliga and the Champions League.