Manuel Neuer won’t join Man United, insists Bayern chief
Bayern Munich chairman is adamant that the highly-rated Schalke goalkeeper will stay in Germany
Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will not join Manchester United this summer, according to Bayern Munich’s chairman.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists Bayern are in pole position to sign the Schalke stopper, and that it is simply a matter of the two clubs agreeing a fee for the Germany international.
Rummenigge also denies that reported interest from United is hindering Bayern’s attempts to secure Neuer’s services.
“Let’s talk about the facts,” Rummenigge said. “Fact one is Manuel Neuer will not be staying with Schalke beyond 2012. Fact two is that Manuel Neuer will not be moving abroad.
“We are in talks with Schalke, but I am not as optimistic as certain members of the media. We don’t have any urgency, though. The transfer market closes on 31 August.”
Rummenigge added: “We will see if we can find a solution. If there is one, then OK, but if not then both clubs will have to live with it.”
Neuer, whose contract expires in 2012, has made his desire to leave Schalke clear, but the Bundesliga club’s manager Ralfe Rangnick is keen to hold on to the goalkeeper should a deal for the 24-year-old fail to materialise, even if it means losing him on a free transfer next year.
“We will only sell Manuel when our expectations have been fulfilled,” said Rangnick. “Munich have been saying that they will not pay an astronomical fee and that Schalke have got to budge.
“Why should a club budge when they have a player who they want to keep hold of? Personally, I would prefer it if Manuel stayed another season with us.”