Bayern Munich poach talent to weaken rivals, says former coach Hitzfeld

There are fears the Dortmund side, which won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, will start to break up if Poland striker Robert Lewandowski - after Goetze - also quits for Bayern at the end of the season.

updated: May 14, 2013 08:16 IST
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Berlin: Bayern Munich's signing of Germany star Mario Goetze is set to weaken rivals Borussia Dortmund next season, but the Bavarians have recruited top talent to see off their rivals for years, admits ex-coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.

Goetze, 20, dropped a bombshell on Champions League finalists Dortmund last month when it was revealed he had actioned a clause in his contract to join Bayern for 37 million euros (US$48.4m) to work with new coach Pep Guardiola.

The attacking midfielder will follow the path trod to Bayern in recent years by stars such as Brazil centre-back Dante, from Moenchengladbach, and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, from Schalke 04.

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