It’s not a word often used by high-ranking officials of top clubs, but in this case, Uli Hoeness didn’t hesitate to say it, talking about Douglas Costa.
Costa didn’t work out because he was quite a mercenary whose character we didn’t like
the Bayern Munich president told Frankenpost, surprising with his… honesty, and lack of tact.
Hoeness didn’t give details about what exactly made him and other members of Bayern’s board of directors and staff feel like that about their Brazilian player, but he did make it clear that many were glad to see him depart.
A… detail is that the Brazil international remains contracted by Bayern, who have loaned him out to Juventus for the current season.
The Serie A champions will have to pay €40m next summer if they decide to sign the Brazilian winger on a permanent basis. If that doesn’t happen, Hoeness and Bayern will have to find another club for the Brazilian… ‘mercenary’.
As for the money spent by Manchester City and PSG this summer, Hoeness admitted that their tactic of spending insane amounts of money hoping to win the Champions League is… amusing him.
I always have to laugh when I hear about that. Except Real Madrid, no club has won the Champions League more than once in recent years. And the clubs which spend so much money right now, like Paris or Manchester City, haven’t won anything yet
the Bayern president said.