Cape Town – Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has sensationally threatened to stop the club’s players from joining up with the German national team if Joachim Low drops Manuel Neuer in favour of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The two goalkeepers have been deadlocked in a war of words recently, after the Barcelona shot-stopper displayed frustration at a lack of opportunities for Die Mannschaft.
Hoeness has now added fuel to the flames by vowing to stop any Bayern players from linking up with the national team if Low changes his first-choice goalkeeper.
“Before that takes place, we won’t be sending any more national players,” the Bayern president told Sport Bild.
“We will never accept that there will be a change here.”
Hoeness then denied that there was any need to personally discuss the situation with the national head coach, before advising Low on how he should handle the matter.
“He’ll already hear what we’ve said, his ears will ring,” he added. “You put Mr Ter Stegen in the corner and tell him clearly that it doesn’t work like that.”
In a heated exchange, Ter Stegen recently accused Neuer of making “inappropriate” comments in their dispute at a lack of opportunities.
“I don’t think it is up to Manuel to express an opinion on my feelings,” said Ter Stegen at a press conference ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.
The undisputed number one at Barcelona, Ter Stegen has struggled to usurp Neuer as Germany number one, and claimed it was a “tough blow” to sit on the bench.
Neuer responded critically to the 27-year-old’s comments, suggesting that Ter Stegen had hurt the team by speaking out.