Attack on FC Bayern? BVB boss Watzke reacts to the Süle deal

With Niklas Süle, Borussia Dortmund will receive prominent reinforcements for the defensive next summer. BVB managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke does not see the transfer as a challenge to FC Bayern.

Niklas Süle’s decision to play for Borussia Dortmund next season continues to make waves. While FC Bayern appeared unimpressed in public after the announcement, BVB officials are happy about the central defender’s free transfer.

“There were only arguments for this transfer,” Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke said in an interview with “Frankfurter Rundschau” the deal with Süle: “Niklas is in his prime, he is a regular in the national team, has a lot of international experience and is free of charge.”

However, Watzke does not see a declaration of war against the competitor from Munich in the transfer coup. “We didn’t poach a player from Bayern,” said the 62-year-old, referring to Sule’s expiring contract.

FC Bayern: Hainer taunts Süle

Bayern’s club president Herbert Hainer had previously commented venomously on the 26-year-old’s move. “I don’t know what Niklas Süle gets for a salary at Borussia Dortmund,” said the 67-year-old at an appointment with the club’s basketball players, adding: “I don’t think it’s a sporting promotion.”

Hainer also added: “I didn’t think it would be his first choice. I think Dortmund is always looking to compete with us, which is good for the Bundesliga. But as you’ve seen over the past nine years at least, you know to defend ourselves well and we will continue to do so in the future.”

Süle justified his move to BVB with insufficient appreciation from FC Bayern. The national player will remain with the record champions until the end of the season.


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