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Hitzfeld: Bale Signing Unfair

Switzerland head coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, believes Real Madrid's overall summer spending and in particular the €100m record fee for Gareth Bale is unfair.

The former Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund coach, who won the Champions League and German Bundesliga title with both clubs, has revealed his bitterness over Bale’s “incomprehensible” signing.

“It [Bale's signing] is incomprehensible. I do not understand how you have so much debt,” the Swiss told Futbol Tactico.

“It seems unfair that Madrid can buy these players with the amount of debt that they have. It’s not fair.”

Despite a debt of supposedly over half a billion euros, The Los Blancos spent €181,5m for their new signing around Bale, Asier Illarramendi and Isco last summer.

The departure of Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain, amongst others, has lowered the net spending figure to around €67m, which have added on to Real’s existing debt.

Hitzfeld, who guided his home country, Switzerland, to the 2014 World Cup, then went on to use his former club Bayern Munich as an example of balancing competitive success and financial control.

“[Bayern] are a healthy club, which have no debt,” he added.

“They will only sign players according to their own economic potential. They have paid large sums, but have never owed money to any organisation or club.

“There is no comparison between the teams [Bayern and Madrid].”

Bayern’s recent transfer balances have all been negative as well and they are payroll costs are as much as eight other Bundesliga sides spend together, but their spending sprees are based on healthy finances without any debts.

“We have always had one philosophy, and that’s not to spend more than we generate,” says Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Should ‘Financial Fair Play’ kick in and stop these unhealthy spending’s by Real Madrid and others? Have your say in the comment section.

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