Bayern München have ruled themselves out of the race for Lionel Messi.
|Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.||Photo: Michael Lucan, CC-by-SA 3.0|
Bayern München can't afford to sign Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona, says club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Messi has put Europe's top clubs on alert by informing Barcelona that he wants to leave, but Bayern will not be trying to bring him to Allianz Arena, according to Rummenigge.
"No. We can't pay a player of that size. It is not part of our policy and philosophy," Rummenigge told Tuttosport when asked if FC Bayern are looking to make a swoop for the Argentine superstar.
"Honestly, hearing that Messi could leave Barcelona makes me a little sad. 'Leo' has written the history of that club, and in my opinion he should end his career there," he added.
"There are internal and private aspects there that I don't know about, and that is why I will not interfere."
Messi, 33, has spent his entire career at FC Barcelona, making 731 appearances with 634 goals and 285 assists to his name.