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‘Schalke could have won the Bundesliga if they didn’t sell their stars’

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Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has offered his support to financially hit Schalke. He claims they could have won Bundesliga if they kept their stars.

Schalke are well known to be the darling of German football when it comes to building young talent.

The likes of Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer and Ilkay Gundogan are some of the top players to have come from their youth setup.

However, Schalke have failed to capitalize on the sale of all these players in terms of finances.

The latest financial blow for Die Königsblauen was with Leroy Sane as they missed out on a sell-on profit from their former star after he completed his move to Bayern from Manchester City.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Schalke have become one of the most affected German sides and might even have to impose a salary cap to stay afloat.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has sent out words of solidarity to his counterparts, claiming they could have won the Bundesliga had they kept some of their stars.

“The pool of players to have come through their youth teams is one of the best in all of Germany,” Rummenigge recognised in an interview with Sport1 .

“Schalke could have been German champions in the meantime if they could have kept the many players who they have trained well in their youth division.

“The fact is that they have always sold very promising players, such as Leroy Sane to Manchester City in 2016, to meet their financial needs.”

Schalke would have been entitled to a sell-on fee had Sane been sold for at least €100m. However, Rummenigge believes that was not likely to happen.

“A year ago, the transfer sums still had another dimension, but this year prices seem to be on a more rational scale,” he added.

“Nobody wants to be pitied. With a new concept, a new spirit and the necessary patience, Schalke will find their way back to their old strength. They are one of the traditional clubs in Germany and an important part of the Bundesliga.”