No spree for Bayern

BERLIN - Bayern Munich's bosses have ruled out any repeat of last summer's massive spending spree, despite the high-profile arrival of coach Jurgen Klinsmann this July.

BERLIN - Bayern Munich's bosses have ruled out any repeat of last summer's massive spending spree, despite the high-profile arrival of coach Jurgen Klinsmann this July.

Bayern splashed out ß69 million to bring the likes of Franck Ribery, Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose to the Allianz Arena.

But with coach Ottmar Hitzfeld set to quit in June to coach the Swiss national team and be replaced by Klinsmann, chairman of the board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says there is little chance of any big name stars arriving.

"Whether it is in defence, midfield or attack, I don't see any areas of the squad where we need to strengthen our manpower, our squad is complete," Rummenigge told German magazine Sport Bild.

"To have a policy of transfers where one star arrives per year is just not possible, at least as long as the money from the TV rights does not exceed ß25 million a season."

Bayern splashed out last summer in reaction to the 2006-07 season - their worst for ten years - when they finished fourth in the league and missed out on a Champions League place.

It was their most expensive spending spree and since then they have added teenage Brazilian defender Breno and Werder Bremen midfielder Tim Borowski. - Sapa-AFP

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