Bayern Munich chief makes “positive” claim over Chelsea’s Marina Granovskaia


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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hailed the way Marina Granovskaia led Chelsea through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Blues’ £200m transfer spending last summer was a huge shock, with them bringing in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy and Thigao Silva.

Chelsea have also sacked Frank Lampard after 18 months in charge due to poor form and appointed Thomas Tuchel, under whom they have recorded just one defeat.

And Rummenigge has highlighted the west London side as one of few clubs around the world that have done well to keep their balance sheets in order.

He told The Athletic: “There are maybe two or three clubs who are able to buck the trend.

“Chelsea’s numbers, for example, look very positive. Marina has done a very good job. But we won’t see any all-time high [profit] records tumble this summer, that’s for sure.

“Everyone I talk to wants to reduce their payroll. That also applies to Bayern. Transfer fees went down by 50 per cent last season, which was good, but the wages haven’t adjusted downwards accordingly.

“We find that players and their agents are not happy to renew under existing circumstances but want more. It’ll be an interesting transfer market. It’ll be instructive to see whether the best players will have the upper hand in that regard.

“We need to rely on players and agents understanding the situation. The whole football industry, the whole world has been damaged by Covid-19.

“I’m curious to see if there will be one club in Europe that can break even this season. It’ll be challenging, even for us. After more than one year without fans, the income loss has been much greater for the big clubs.”

Source- Daily Star 

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