Karl-Heinz Rummenigge used FC Bayern's annual general meeting to thank former players and coaches.
The German record president made it clear why Mats Hummels left the club in the summer with Borussia Dortmund.
"I would like to thank Mats Hummels for three successful years," Rummenigge began, then clarified: "It was Mats who asked us for permission and we responded to his request."
Hummels came from the Bavarian Youth and changed in 2008 to BVB. After eight years in a black and yellow jersey, the former German player returned to Munich in 2016 before the 30-year-old defender moved to Dortmund again before the current season.
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Rummenigge: "Dortmund offers very good"
According to information from player The transfer fee was EUR 38 million, including additional payments.
Rummenigge now emphasized that "Dortmunder's offer for economic reasons was also very good."
He wished Hummels all the best and delivered with a wink, "The runner-up is enough."
Thanks to Ribéry and Robben
Arjen Robben, who had ended his career after last season, and Franck Ribéry – after switching his Bayern contract to Fiorentina – thanked Rummenigge: "These two guys, Franck and Arjen, have shaped a decade at Bayern. "
As a reminder: Ribéry is, with 24 titles in twelve years, the most successful player in club history.
Robben is currently active in Grünwald as a youth coach. "We may see him at FC Bayern once he has the necessary experience," said Rummenigge.
"Training team congratulates Niko Kovac"
The head of the council also praised Rafinha, who went to Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro after his contract with FCB.
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The Brazilian played from 2011 to 2019 and was "by far the best cabin DJ we've ever had at Bayern," said Rummenigge.
And yet another student thought of the 64-year-old with words of thanks. "I would like to cordially congratulate Niko Kovac's team and all technical staff on Double."
However, Rummenigge also mentioned what led to Kovac's breakup: "Hasan and I talk to Niko at least once a week and try to work very successfully with him, and we are at the point after Frankfurt 1-5 arrived, which it was about the welfare of the club. "