Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: English clubs effectively ‘kidnapping’ young players

• Bayern Munich are opening a new academy next summer
• The club chairman objects to poaching youngest talent

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused English clubs of effectively “kidnapping” young players from overseas. Bayern are due to open the doors on a new youth academy in the north of Munich next summer, and the club chairman has declared he would have “moral reservations” about filling it with preteens from other countries.

“We don’t want to bring some 10 or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do,” he said in comments published in the club’s magazine. “You could almost speak of kidnapping with them and I would have moral reservations about that.”

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