Bale transfer new football milestone, says Rummenigge

The Bayern supremo has highlighted the significance of the Welshman's move to the Spanish capital and believes Real Madrid are now among the favourites to win the Champions League

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the arrival of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of €100 million represents a new milestone in football, but insists Madrid are not at risk at flaunting Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules as they generated income from player sales.

Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil, Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon all left Madrid this summer, meaning the club recuperated well over €100m of the €181.5m they spent.

And Rummenigge therefore does not expect any problems for Madrid in regards to Financial Fair Play.

"One thing's clear and that's that the transfer of Bale is a new milestone in football," Rummenigge was quoted as saying by TZ.

"We should not forget one thing, though, and that's that Madrid have also sold five or six players for a lot of money. That's why Financial Fair Play will not be a problem for them in this case.

"As far as I know, they made over €70 million on the players they sold to Napoli. Plus there's the €50 million for Ozil."

Rummenigge then went on to say that Madrid are one of the favourites to win the Champions League following the signing of players such as Bale, Isco and Asier Illarramendi.

He added: "You have to include them in a small list of favourites. My colleague [Madrid president] Florentino Perez wants to win the 10th European Cup at all costs. The people at Madrid are not very patient."

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