Bayern Munich accused of weakening rival clubs, Thomas Muller responds

Marcel Sabitzer
Marcel Sabitzer - IMAGO / Sven Simon

German champions Bayern Munich signed the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig earlier on in the summer.

The Bavarian giants not only weakened their title rivals by signing two of their key players, they managed to lure the former Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann as well.

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has now defended the club’s transfer strategy and he has hit out at claims that the Bavarian club are intent on sabotaging their rivals.

Bayern have been accused of having a similar strategy in the past when they signed Mats Hummels, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.

Muller has revealed that their rivals are under no obligation to sell their best players to buy in Munich. He also explained that it is normal to look for quality players in the same league so that the new signings can bed in quickly and make an immediate impact.

He said: “No club has an obligation to sell. Look at PSG and Mbappe. Like every club, we’re on the lookout for quality that fits into our budget.

“It’s normal to look around for options in the same league. There have always been transfers that are hotly debated, and that’s a good thing.”

Leipzig pushed Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title last season but they have won just one of their first three matches.

It will be interesting to see if they can get their form sorted in the coming weeks and push the likes of Dortmund and Bayern for the title this season as well.