Bayern chairman takes dig at Mats Hummels

MUNICH (AP) – Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge took a swipe at defender Mats Hummels, who left the club to return to Borussia Dortmund last month.

Rummenigge, speaking at the presentation of Lucas Hernández on Monday, signed for a record EUR80 million (USD90.5 million) from Atlético Madrid, said he was the “best defender in the Bundesliga” and Bayern has the best defense in the league.

“I read that the best German central defender would no longer play for Bayern,” said Rummenigge, referring to Hummels. “But in my opinion the best German central defender plays at Bayern Munich, and also, incidentally, for the national team.”

Rummenigge was referring to Hummels’ former teammate, Niklas Süle.

The 30-year-old Hummels no longer plays for Germany after being dropped along with Bayern teammates Thomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng by coach Joachim Löw in March – a decision Bayern criticised at the time. Hummels rejoined Dortmund in a deal worth up to EUR38 million (USD42.5 million) including bonuses last month.

New Bayern Munich French defender Lucas Hernandez (L) and Bayern Munich’s Chief Executive Officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge during the player’s presentation. – AFP