Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has criticised of Bayern Munich for signing key players from domestic rivals – something he claims would not be possible in the Premier League.
The Bavarians have frequently signed players from Borussia Dortmund in recent seasons, with Mats Hummels, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski amongst those to make the switch between the two clubs.
Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule are the latest players from league rivals to agree a move to Bayern, joining next summer from Hoffenheim.
Mourinho believes that the process of assembling a squad that is capable of winning the title is significantly more challenging in English football.
The United boss said, as reported by the Telegraph: “That is the new football. When previously you were speaking about Sir Alex Ferguson’s time, this is not Germany.
“In Germany, Bayern Munich start winning the league in the summer. They go to Borussia Dortmund every year and buy their best player. One day they go there and get Robert Lewandowski. The next year, they go there, Mario Gotze. The next year they go there, Mats Hummels. So they win the league in the summer.
“Do you think I can go to Tottenham and bring two Tottenham players to kill Tottenham? I cannot. I cannot go to Arsenal and bring the two best Arsenal players. I cannot go to Chelsea and bring two of the players that I love very very much. That time is over.
“That time is over so the situation of starting being champion by attacking your direct opponents in this country is over. It is over and if you get a player from these clubs, you get a player that club does not want to keep. You cannot hurt any more your direct opponents.
“Obviously Real Madrid sell who they want to sell, Barcelona sell who they want to sell, Bayern Munich sell who they want to sell, Paris Saint-Germain sell who they want to sell. So then it is more difficult to have a very good market.”