Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reveals that if Leon Goretzka had not signed for the German giants, he would have joined Barcelona.
I can just imagine it now. Liverpool sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and miss out on Leon Goretzka to the same club in the space of a couple weeks. Twitter would have been unbearable had the Catalans signed the Schalke midfielder.
In the last few months, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, as well as others, were linked with the purchase of purchase of Goretzka. The German ultimately chose to join Bayern over all interested parties and has already been shunned by Schalke fans.
Holding up a banner at a home game against Hannover, Schalke fans sent Goretzka a clear message: “Neither money nor trophies are worth more than our club, the one who does not appreciate that can p*** off immediately!”
Ouch. Schalke fans aren’t happy with Leon Goretzka. They had this banner up against Hannover.
It read: “Neither money nor trophies are worth more than our club. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate that can fuck off immediately!” pic.twitter.com/dEZtoStx0C
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) January 21, 2018
“If we had not committed Leon, he would most likely have changed to FC Barcelona, ” Rummenigge claimed. “Which, quite fundamentally, cannot be in the interests of German football.”
As it is, the 22-year-old has chosen to commit his future to the Allianz Stadium and with Emre Can looking likely to leave Liverpool this summer, Jurgen Klopp will be scouring the European market for a new midfielder to come in and replace the German international.
Naby Keita is set to sign with the Reds in the summer but he isn’t suited to playing in a deep-lying midfield role and his energy and dribbling would be wasted if he was constrained by a defensive midfield role.
“We are very happy that Leon has decided, despite considerable competition from abroad, to sign for FC Bayern,” Rummenigge said. “This ensures he will remain in the Bundesliga.”
Although Liverpool may well be left high and mighty this summer, Bayern are delighted with their new acquisition and they should be. Goretzka is a top player and has a bright career ahead of him.