Bayern CEO wants to end 'transfer tsunami'

2015-09-04 14:19
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (File)

Berlin - Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has called for higher revenues from broadcasting rights for Bundesliga clubs.

Rummenigge hopes this plan will help German clubs keep up with the spending power of the English Premier League.

Rummenigge said while the current rights deal for the Bundesliga brings in a total of about €500 million per season, the next deal to be negotiated should ideally top €1 billion.

"It would be nice if the DFL (German football league) supported by the Bundesliga could turn the €500 million into a one point X deal," Rummenigge told the Sueddeutsche newspaper.

The German annual figure is a fraction of the £1.7 billion that English Premier League clubs will net per season from broadcasters Sky SKYB.L and BT BT.L under a new contract running between 2016 and 2019.

"This new English contract will dominate the market even more than today. I already know what will happen next summer."

Rummenigge, a former forward who also heads the European Club Association (ECA), urged a similar competition among broadcasters in Germany that would send the rights revenues soaring.

But he warned that under current conditions the Bundesliga would continue seeing some of its best players sold to richer English clubs.

"We have just seen the tip of the iceberg. The transfer tsunami will increase in strength and height," Rummenigge warned with the Bundesliga losing marquee players - including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Kevin De Bruyne - to Premier League clubs offering far higher salaries this season.

"I am specifically concerned about our league's competitiveness in the Champions League and Europa League," he said.

The transfer of Bayern Munich's talismanic midfielder Schweinsteiger to Manchester United was worth a reported €17 million.

VfL Wolfsburg's De Bruyne joined Manchester City for a reported €75 million euros - a German record.

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