Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has urged the public to show the club some respect rather than criticising their transfer policy.
The Bavarians confirmed on Saturday that Robert Lewandowski will arrive at the Allianz Arena on a free transfer at the end of the season -- a move that has received a mixed reception.
While most media outlets felt Bayern had achieved a major coup in acquiring one of the Bundesliga’s finest attacking talents on a free transfer, some have questioned their motives in depriving Dortmund of one of their best players for the second season running following the signing of Mario Goetze last summer.
On Tuesday, the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung joked that to avoid bad signings Bayern had outsourced their scouting department to Dortmund, commenting: “Lewandowski changing sides marks a turn of eras. After decades of laughable transfer business, Bayern have now found something every lottery player dreams of: a surefire system!”
A number of other publications echoed that sentiment but Sammer told Bild that he sees no reason why the signing of Lewandowski should adversely affect Bayern’s popularity.
“We have to be firm and sustainable,” he said. “Why should that be unlikeable? One could also pay us some respect and say: ‘They don’t do a bad job.'”
One of the greatest fears in Germany is that Bayern’s dominance of the Bundesliga will continue unabated -- a kicker poll on Monday showed nearly half of players in the German top fight fear the league will turn into a one-horse race.
“Sure, you can discuss this, but not with us,” Sammer said. “I am only interested in what we do and how good we are at it. And we should not be lured away from our determination -- our determination is exemplary.”