Germany manager Joachim Loew has praised the standard of the Bundesliga, questioning the need for foreign imports and exports.
German manager Joachim Loew has praised the quality of the Bundesliga, suggesting there is no need for tip sides in Germany to look to foreign countries for squad recruits.
Loew’s comments also suggest that it could be difficult for Arsenal and Manchester United to complete transfer deals for some of their main targets this summer, with the Bundesliga creating the perfect platform on which German players can perform.
“In order to compete with the best in the world, we no longer have to necessarily look abroad – there are very good structures and organisations in the clubs,” he’s quoted by TZ.
The current crop of German players is considered as one of the best ever groups of footballers to come out of the country.
That’s why Arsenal and Manchester United in particular appear to be very keen on doing deals for German stars, which could be difficult considering the current status of German football.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for FC Schalke’s Julian Draxler, who has been tipped to miss out on Loew’s World Cup squad, which would apparently make a deal for the 20-year-old easier to complete.
However, Draxler has been vocal about wanting to stay in Germany in the past to ensure that he doesn’t jeopardise his chances of playing regularly in the national side.
Arsenal are a good example of a contradiction to Loew’s comments because they have a core of top class German players, playing outside the Bundesliga who will feature this summer in Brazil and beyond until they retire.
Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are three of the best examples while the Gunners are also home to top German talent in the form of Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld.
Manchester United are being linked with a potential raid on Bayern Munich for two German players as well as one from Borussia Dortmund.
Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller are the midfielders in question, two certainties to play at the World Cup this summer, as well as central defender Mats Hummels from BVB.
If that trio play well in a potentially World Cup winning side this summer, they are likely to want to stay in Germany and enhance their reputations as some of the best German talents of all time.