Bayern, Dortmund in war of words over Reus transfer

Bayern, Dortmund in war of words over Reus transfer

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Bayern, Dortmund in war of words over Reus transfer

Mönchengladbach midfielder Marco Reus is tipped as one of the hottest prospects in German football. AFP photo

Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich and champion Borussia Dortmund were locked in a war of words yesterday days after the latter snapped up forward Marco Reus, long a target for the Bavarians.
The 22-year-old Borussia Moenchengladbach and Germany forward, who has scored 10 goals this season, agreed last week to join Dortmund at the end of the season in a five-year deal that is the biggest so far in the winter transfer period.

“Dortmund have been successful in keeping up with their own understated position,” Bayern sports director Christian Nerlinger told Bild newspaper. “This is now finished with this transfer. It is a whole new step.”

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said Bayern had had a string of rivals over the years but remained top of the heap as challenges from clubs such as Werder Bremen, Gladbach and Dortmund faded after a few seasons. “Let’s wait and see how long they can keep moving on this level,” Heynckes said.

Dortmund, surprisingly dominant champions last season and in second place three points behind Bayern in the current campaign, has repeatedly played down its chances of defending the title, saying the team would be happy with a finish that would secure it European football next season.

“Have no fear. When we decide to change our strategy we will make sure to let Mr Nerlinger know,” Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp told reporters in response.

The 1997 Champions League winners have come back from the brink of financial ruin a few years ago to become Bayern’s biggest title rivals in recent seasons.

Reus’s reported 17-million-euro transfer only underlines its ambition for a more permanent place at the top of the Bundesliga.