Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes that goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will quit the German national team after the World Cup.
Rummenigge said Kahn had been upset by the decision of Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann to relegate him to the bench behind Arsenal’s Jens Lehmann.
“We were really worried about him. He was just floored. But he reacted well. He’s going to quit the national team after the World Cup and concentrate on Bayern Munich,” Rummenigge said in an interview with Bild newspaper.
Kahn captained Germany to the final of the last World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and was named player of the 2002 tournament.
However, despite sharing duties for Germany with Lehmann since Klinsmann was appointed national coach in 2004, he has lost out on the coveted number one spot to his Arsenal rival.
Rummenigge also criticised Michael Ballack, who has not informed the club about his plans for the future, and Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovic. The midfielder is expected to join English champions Chelsea for next season.
“We’re satisified with the success we have had with Michael,” Rummenigge said of the 29-year-old.
“But what we find fault with is the way he has messed us about (with his contract). Everyone knows he is going to Chelsea. But he has stayed secretive and it’s partly his own fault that fans are jeering him.”
“We’re only a small wheel, an underdog. We cannot keep up with Real Madrid, Barcelona or Abramovic, who is damaging football. We have to show humility in the Champions League from now on.”
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