Bayern CEO accuses EPL of ‘kidnapping’ youngsters

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FC Bayern München CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused English Premier League clubs of effectively ‘kidnapping’ young foreign players.

With the German champions opening a new youth academy at the end of the 2016/17 season, Rummenigge has stated that Bayern will not look to bring in too many talented youngsters from outside Germany.

FC Hollywood have had success in the past with developing homegrown talent – Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm, attacking midfielder Thomas Muller and former midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger all hail from Bavaria.

Rules dictate that clubs can only sign under 18 players from abroad if the player’s parents have moved to the area in which the club is based for reasons that have nothing to do with the transfer.

However, the likes of Manchester City in the Premier League appear to be working around those regulations as reportedly the club have close to 250 youth players in their development setup, with their parents living in the area.

Nonetheless, Rummenigge has made it clear that Bayern won’t adopt a similar policy.

He told the club’s official magazine: “We don’t want to bring some 10 or 11 year olds to Munich like the English do.

“You could almost speak of kidnapping with them and I would have moral reservations about that. Our priority will certainly be Germany and Bavaria. Our future talented players will much rather come from Rosenheim than Rio.”