Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that Schalke 04 has one of the best youth academy’s in Germany. The club from Gelsenkirchen is in financial troubles due to the coronacrisis pandemic and will do everything in their power to stay alive. Rummenigge has stated that the club could have been dominating German football if they haven’t sold their most talented players.
Bayern won the domestic double on Saturday after they beat Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Pokal final (4-1). Der Rekordmeister have been dominating German football in recent years, winning eight consecutive titles in the Bundesliga, while Leverkusen has finished in a moderate 12th position.
Rummenigge feels Schalke could be higher up the table if they managed to hold onto their best youngsters in the past. Over the years players like Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Julian Draxler, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane coming through their academy over the years. While Schalke have received big transfer fee’s the club would have been better if they kept their biggest players.
“The pool of players to have come through their youth teams is one of the best in all of Germany,” Rummenigge recognised in an interview with Sport1 . “Schalke could have been German champions in the meantime if they could have kept the many players who they have trained well in their youth division.
“The fact is that they have always sold very promising players, such as Leroy Sane to Manchester City in 2016, to meet their financial needs. A year ago, the transfer sums still had another dimension, but this year prices seem to be on a more rational scale,” he said.
“Nobody wants to be pitied. With a new concept, a new spirit and the necessary patience, Schalke will find their way back to their old strength. They are one of the traditional clubs in Germany and an important part of the Bundesliga.”