Breaking News Bar
updated: 1/3/2018 12:59 PM

Bayern riles Schalke by praising Germany midfielder Goretzka

Success - Article sent! close

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has criticized league rival Bayern Munich for making public comments in praise of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.

Heidel is annoyed with Bayern counterpart Hasan Salihamidzic in particular for saying on Wednesday that "it's clear that Leon Goretzka is a really good player. He is a Schalke player and of course we respect that. He is a German national team player, and we can also say that we are interested."

Goretzka's contract at Schalke is up at the end of the season, when Bayern would be able to sign him without a transfer fee. He is reportedly yet to decide whether to stay or leave the club he joined in 2013 from Bochum.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes had already praised the 22-year-old Goretzka in the previous days for his "brilliant development."

Heidel says Salihamidzic's comments were "unnecessary" and "we don't need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is."

Heidel says Goretzka should take his time in making a decision but "the issue will need to be settled soon."

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.