Pep Guardiola accused Dortmund of paying over the top to agents to land the world’s best young talents.
Manchester City went past Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals but not without raising enough controversy.
All the decisions for the goals did not go down well with the German fans and Guardiola’s comments left quite an impression as well. BVB chief, Hans-Joachim Watzke told BBC, “In the last five years they have spent nearly 1bn euros on new players. In five years. Who has the possibility to make this? He has not to criticise other clubs.”
City have spent over £850m on player transfers since the 2016/17 season. They have only sold £285m worth of talent during that period, clearly going deep into the owner’s pockets to fund their success.
Watzke defended Dortmund’s business model. He added, “It [the business model] is working fantastic but it is difficult to develop a team with it because after two or three years, these young players, if they perform very, very well, like Erling Haaland or Jadon Sancho, then the biggest clubs in Europe want to buy them.
“But this is the only way for Borussia Dortmund.”