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Borussia Dortmund upset that Bayern talked publicly about Reus’s contract

Aug 6, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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Following the comments of Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Marco Reus’s release clause, calling it “dangerous,” Borussia Dortmund has lashed back.

Rummenigge told German paper Bild that the 25-year-old Reus has a $33 million release clause in his contract, and spoke to ESPN that the Dortmund native is a “very interesting player.”

Well, Dortmund didn’t take kindly to that at ALL. The club posted a statement on its official website today, saying:

“Over the last couple of weeks FC Bayern Munich has repeatedly commented on contract contents of Borussia Dortmund players.”

Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke then had the following to say:

“Borussia Dortmund has noted with some irritation that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is currently discussing internal BVB matters in a three-day rhythm in the media. We are sure that every person interested in football knows what the intention of such statements is. Through his conduct, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is approving that the already tense relationship between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich is further damaged. We, as an employer, will naturally remain committed to our policy of never discussing contract matters of our employees in the public.”

It’s understandable that Dortmund would be upset with the Bavarians’ actions of late, considering Bayern has poached a number of key players from their rivals’ roster recently, including Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze in the last two summer windows.

However, Rummenigge has a point. Reus has been recovering from a serious ankle injury sustained just before the World Cup, but otherwise his resume is very strong and he is an electric player. Such a low release clause for a player still relatively young and with such talent is, well, dangerous for Dortmund. It’s a surprise nobody’s pounced on it yet, if true.

Speaking two days ago to Kicker, Reus admitted the entire league is looking up to Bayern coming into this next season. “It will be all about Bayern again in the Bundesliga.”

  1. twerkslikeMiley - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Well, what the hell do you expect? Bayern has one of the deepest pockets in soccer and as soon as another Bundesliga team shows a promising player Bayern just buys them. One of the reason the Bundesliga has been over by week 15 the past few years.

    Not to mention, at least in this case, Reus is under contract and Bayern shouldn’t be speaking about him.

    The whole situation is frustrating.

  2. lordfletcher - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Reus will likely be gone in the next 12 months… to where, who knows. Bayern, Real, Barca, MUFC … ?

  3. fantom21 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    The release clause doesn’t come into effect until the 2015 season. So Dortmund have a choice to make, sell him now and suffer in the league and champions league, or keep him till the release clause comes into play and only get 25 mill.

  4. fantom21 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Bayern got Lewandowski on a Bosman. If Dortmund wasn’t so stubborn, they could’ve sold him before his contract expired and made a ton of money. They knew they couldn’t keep Goetze because he wanted to leave so they got money by selling him. It would be a shame if they let pride get in the way again and only get 25 million for Reus. He is worth at least 40 million imo.

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