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03 August 2020 18:35

Bayern München honorary president Uli Hoeness has hit out at Borussia Dortmund's transfer strategy.

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Uli Hoeness criticizes Dortmund's transfer strategy By Henrik Petersen Borussia Dortmund should focus on keeping their team together rather than transfer profit to take a step forward as a club, argues FC Bayern honorary president Uli Hoeness. Bayern München honorary president Uli Hoeness has hit out at Borussia Dortmund's transfer strategy. In recent years, BVB have sold several important players for a profit, including Ousmane Dembélé, Christian Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Hoeness, however, believes Dortmund would be wise to focus on keeping their team together instead of selling their best players for large transfer fees. "If Dortmund buy a highly talented player and he plays well, you can hear a few months later - either from the club itself or from others - that he will be an object of sale at some point.

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"How is a player supposed to absorb the DNA of a club one hundred percent if he feels that he is an object of sale? We sign players to play for Bayern München, and never just for business reasons. "As long as Dortmund don't change this strategy, I don't think they will get that extra 10 percent to perform well in important games. Jadon Sancho is the latest Dortmund star to be heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Manchester United understood to be leading the race for the youngster's signature. Three years ago, Sancho nearly ended up at Bayern, but the winger ultimately opted for a move to Dortmund instead.

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More recently, Dortmund beat Bayern to the signature of Jude Bellingham, who completed a €23 million move to Signal Iduna Park from Birmingham City in June. Should the 17-year-old get off to a good start at Dortmund, Hoeness predicts he will quickly be linked with a move away from the club. Image caption The Belle Vue Stadium was home to greyhound and stock car racing Manchester's Belle Vue greyhound racing stadium will not reopen after its operators said the coronavirus lockdown had a "particularly negative effect". It said: "As a stadium that relies heavily on attendance, catering and hospitality, the national lockdown has had a particularly negative effect on Belle Vue, with racing behind closed doors simply unable to sustain the business." The stadium was the last greyhound racing venue in Greater Manchester following the demise of Salford, White City in Trafford, and Bolton. How could FC Bayern become champions eight times in a row and always leave Borussia Dortmund behind?

The honorary president of FC Bayern considers the transfer policy of BVB and the resulting dealings with the players to be a problem for Dortmund. "If Dortmund buys a highly talented player and he plays well, you can hear a few months later, either from the club itself or from outside, that he will eventually become a property for sale," said the 68-year-old of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" and added: "How is a player supposed to soak up the DNA of a club one hundred percent when he feels like he's an object of sale?" This was out of the question for his club, Hoeneß said: "We don't have that at all. "A player has to have the feeling: I am Bayern forever," said Hoeneß and gave Robert Lewandowski as an example: "He was here with me two years ago in the summer and said:" Mr. Hoeneß, you absolutely have to talk to Mr. Zahavi. Uli Hoeneß thinks little of BVB's transfer policy Credit: dpa / Sven Hoppe