Sporting director Michael Zorc of Borussia Dortmund hit out at Paris Saint-Germain ‘s Leonardo Araujo, who said that the Bundesliga sides were targeting Ligue 1 teams for promising young men.
Academy graduates Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig and Moussa Diaby of Bayer Leverkusen departed Parc des Princes for Germany’s top flight last season.
Bayern Munich pursued Tanguy Kouassi over the frontier despite struggling to negotiate fresh terms with the quarter-finalists of the Champions League.
“German clubs, especially Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund, are increasingly dredging young players from France. They are a danger to the youth academies in France and that is a big problem.” – as Leonardo (PSG director) took shots at the German clubs in an interview with Le Parisien.
“They call parents, friends, family members or the player themselves. At 15 or 16 years old, the young talents get their heads turned. Maybe the rules should be changed to protect the French clubs.” – he added.
This campaign had offered so much for Zorc’s Dortmund, particularly when Haaland arrived in January and hit the running track, but they ended up behind Bayern Munich once again losing three of their last four home games.
“It is usually the other way around than he depicts it. We are actively addressed by the families and agents from France because they often see a better chance of first-team football. Higher development potential of the talented young players.” – as Zorc replied to Leonardo claims.
In the meantime, the sports director at RB Leipzig, Markus Kroesche, gave a more realistic opinion.
“France are the reigning world champions and, like Germany, is a big football nation. It would therefore be negligent not to keep an eye on the market,” – Markus Kroesche said.
Second-placed result in Bundesliga, ensures Dortmund will participate in the next term of the Champions League.
Dortmund will miss this year’s Champions League knockout stages. Leonardo’s PSG was considered to be mocked by Dortmund after a 2-1 win in the first leg. However, PSG qualified for the quarter-finals after a 3-2 win on aggregate.