Rummenigge says English clubs kidnap youngsters….

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

English clubs are effectively “kidnapping” young foreign players, says Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The German champions are opening a new youth academy next summer in the north of the city. “We don’t want to bring some 10- or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do,” he told the club’s magazine. “You could almost speak of kidnapping with them and I would have moral reservations about that.” Clubs are not allowed to sign players aged under 18 from abroad, unless the deal meets one of three criteria – a player aged between 16 and 18 moving within the European Union/European Economic Area, a player moving less than 100km across an international border, or the parents moving to the new country for non-football reasons. “Our priority will certainly be Germany and Bavaria,” former international Rummenigge said. “Our future talented players will much rather come from Rosenheim than Rio.”

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