Rummenigge defends Bayern

06 February 2009 10:29
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has defended his club against charges that they do not encourage homegrown youngsters enough. Midfielder Toni Kroos recently became the latest starlet to exit Bayern, heading off to Bayer Leverkusen for an 18-month loan stint. However, Rummenigge still believes that Bayern are committed to bringing players through the ranks at the Allianz Arena. He told the club's official website: "Michael Rensing, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Christian Lell and Andreas Ottl are all homegrown products who've made the senior squad. "However, we have a feeling one or two of our juniors should follow the trail blazed by Philipp Lahm or Markus Babbel and go out on loan. "We hope it works out at another club and that players come back to us capable of making a mark at Bayern. "On the one hand you have the Franck Riberys and Luca Tonis, who we need for consistent success. "On the other hand, you have players coming out of our superb development system. The squad has plenty of those and some are first-choice."

Source: ESA