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Bayern Munich President Says Club Cannot Keep Two Key Players 'At Any Cost'

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Bayern Munich President Says Club Cannot Keep Two Key Players 'At Any Cost'

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer admits the Bundesliga champions cannot keep key players Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka at the club "at any cost" amid contract rumours.

In a recent interview with German publication Kicker, the 67-year-old touched on a number of subjects, including Financial Fair Play and talks of UEFA bringing in a salary cap and 'luxury tax'.

He also spoke about the future of Kimmich and Goretzka - two players who have been key in Bayern's success over the past few years.

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Image credit: PA
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Goretzka, who has just 11 months remaining on his current deal at the Allianz Arena, has been heavily linked with a transfer this summer, with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all linked with a move.

Kimmich, meanwhile, is reportedly close to signing a new three-year deal at the German side, although negotiations appear to have stalled in recent months.

Hainer had his say on wage demands in the interview.

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"They will certainly not be kept at any cost," the Bayern president said. "The players know what they have at Bayern, they are paid very well here too, everyone gets their salary.

"And they can win titles with us now, and also in the future."

As mentioned earlier, Hainer also mentioned UEFA's plans to reportedly scrap Financial Fair Play.

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Since the start of the pandemic, UEFA have conducted an internal review of its FFP rules and has concluded that there must be a greater focus on the extortionate levels on spending on wages and transfers.

There have been suggestions that there will be new measures such as salary caps and luxury tax on transfers.

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Image credit: PA

Bayern's chief isn't a fan of the idea. "I'm not at all convinced by this luxury tax. In the event of violations, a club pays 100 million euros in luxury tax, which is shared among the other clubs.

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"This money does not help them decisively and does not really hurt the financial giants. We need valid regulations with clear consequences for fair competition.

"Strong attempts at sanctions have too often been revised or toned down in the past. It doesn't work that way."

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Topics: Bayern Munich, Joshua Kimmich, Bundesliga, Transfers

Jack Kenmare
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