Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Warns English Clubs Are Out of Control in the Player Transfer Market

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, a legendary German footballer and former CEO of Bayern Munich, has criticized the behavior of English clubs in the transfer market, noting that it was “out of control”. Rummenigge told the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport that English clubs were spending “astronomical sums irrationally”. He used Chelsea as an example, noting that the London club had spent nearly $350 million in the winter transfer window, yet they were currently tenth in the English Premier League table and had recently lost 0-1 to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the round of 16 of the European Champions League.

Rummenigge also expressed his opposition to plans to revive the European Super League, saying that it was no coincidence that the idea came from three clubs with huge cash problems, who were expecting to make large revenues quickly. Twelve clubs from England, Spain, and Italy had initially adopted a plan to establish the European Super League, which involved the permanent participation of a group of clubs in the competition, but the plan quickly fell through after widespread protests. UEFA also warned that any clubs interested in the plan would be prevented from playing in any other competition at local, European, or global level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.

Despite this, Spanish clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus are still pursuing the idea, having set up the consultancy firm A22 to help bring the tournament to life.