Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Premier League teams have recently made loan offers for 19-year-old Julian Green, following rumoured interest from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Rummenigge would not specify which teams exactly hade lodged bids, but revealed that they were ‘not bad ones’, his comments coming in the wake of reports that Spurs were preparing a £5 million bid for the winger.
However, speaking after the club’s arrival in the USA for their pre-season tour, the former German international also appeared to put paid to a potential deal during this transfer window at least, stating that Green looks set to remain with the first-team as a back-up for the start of the season, while also sounding optimistic for the exciting prospect’s future.
‘He’s something special and very young,’ he told Sports Illustrated. ‘On our team he’s the backup of players like [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribéry, world-class players, so it’s not easy to take their place in the first 11 of our team.
‘He came up from our youth department, had a big opportunity in the World Cup and scored a fantastic goal against Belgium. With a bit of luck he can do well [at Bayern].’
Green has yet to regularly feature for Bayern’s first-team, playing last season in the German fourth tier with the club’s under-23 side, his lone appearance for the senior side in 2013-14 coming in a two minute cameo as a substitute in a Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow.
Undoubtedly an exciting talent, however, the pacey and skilful wide man signed his first professional contract with the club last November and has earned rave reviews from the coaching staff thus far.
Having moved to Europe with his German mother, aged two, the Florida-born wonderkid’s international status was also the subject of much wrangling, his decision to opt for the nation of his father’s birth in March, after some convincing from USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann, seen as a major coup for the stars and stripes.
Going on to make his debut against Mexico in April, Green was a surprise inclusion in the 23-man World Cup squad for Brazil, given his lack of professional experience, but, while he made just one substitute appearance, his impact was undeniable.
Coming on in extra-time in the last-16 tie against Belgium, with the US 2-0 down, he would score his side’s sole goal of the game in their spirited defeat, to serve as a sure sign of things to come at the top level.
It’s understandable therefore that Tottenham would be interested in Green's services, but the Bavarian outfit appear intent for the moment on letting him develop within their own side, even with fierce competition for places.