Borussia Dortmund CEO slams ‘arrogant idiots’ over comments about Sadio Mane’s Bundesliga switch
Borussia Dortmund CEO criticizes ‘arrogant IDIOTS’ like Dean Saunders’ for claiming Sadio Mane ‘is ruining his career’ by moving to the Bundesliga – pointing out NO Premier League side won a European title last season
- A host of British players have questioned Sadio Mane’s move to the Bundesliga
- Mane left Liverpool last week to join Bayern Munich on a £35.1m deal
- Dean Saunders said Mane will ‘ruined’ his best years by moving to Germany
- Borussia Dortmund CEO has labeled Saunders and others ‘arrogant idiots’
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has criticized former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders for saying Sadio Mane will ‘ruin’ his best years as a footballer by signing for Bayern Munich.
A host of former British players have questioned the logic behind Mane’s £35.1 million move to the Bundesliga giants, after a successful six-year spell at Anfield.
Saunders’ comments, who said Mane could play “in third gear and with a cigar sitting in an armchair” in Germany, were brought to Watzke’s attention.
Dean Saunders claimed Mane ‘would ruin his best years’ by leaving Liverpool for Germany
Hans-Joachim Watzke has labeled ex-Liverpool player Saunders as ‘arrogant idiot’
As reported by German publication BILDWatzke replied when he said, “There are always arrogant idiots like this one.
“As a board member of the European club association ECA, I know that German football still has a good reputation.
‘The English didn’t win any of the three European Cup titles last season.’
Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt won the Europa League last season after their penalty shootout victory over Rangers in the final.
The only English team that came closest to major European glory was Liverpool, who suffered a 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May.
Chelsea were the only team to win any European silverware in the form of the Super Cup at the start of the latter campaign last season.
Sadio Mane made his £35.1m move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich last week
A number of ex-players have wondered why Mane would leave Liverpool for the Bundesliga
Saunders, who played 61 games for Liverpool between July 1991 and September 1992, told talkSport: “Nothing against the club (Bayern Munich), it’s a great club, but the competition is nowhere near a challenge for Mane.
“He will score goals. They win 5-0 every week, only one team can win the league.
‘It’s not a challenge. He will curl up in his armchair, light a cigar, he will play for Bayern in third gear and he will make love for two years and ruin the best two years of his life as a footballer.”
Saunders wasn’t the only former Liverpool player to question the move, as Michael Owen tweeted: “I’m still struggling to understand why Sadio Mane would leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich but he’s been an excellent player, got great service and will go down like a club legend.”
Watzke pointed out that English teams failed to win the three major European cups last season
Former Rangers and Scotland legend Ally McCoist, was also stunned, as he said talkSport: ‘Is it because he wants to play in another country? Possibly. Is he going to a better league? No. Is he going to a more competitive league? No. Is he going to a better team? No. I find it very strange.
“All I can see is the appeal, the size of the club, Bayern Munich, is that something he’s always wanted to do?
“I could actually understand it better if it had been Real Madrid or Barcelona. I could understand that a little bit more, maybe because of the appeal of one of those clubs, especially Real Madrid.”
Ally McCoist was baffled as to why Mane would leave ‘better league’ and ‘better team’
Paul Merson also said he “couldn’t see why” Mane made the switch, as he told the Daily Star: “It seems clear that Sadio Mane has his sights set on a move to Bayern Munich, but I can’t for the life of me see why.
“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence and there are no guarantees that he will be as successful in Germany as he was at Liverpool.”
Despite questions about his move, Mane said he “hasn’t thought twice” about a move to Bayern.
He said at his unveiling last week: “I spoke to my agent and the project was the best for me, even though I had other offers. Bayern is the right club and it was the right time to move on and come here to give my best and help the team win more trophies.
‘I met the coach, which was very important to get to know the project. When he talked to me about the team, the way they play and the tactics, I was fascinated.
‘I immediately saw myself in it. I didn’t think twice. It’s the team for me. I see myself in that team and I think I can help the team achieve things together.”