Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has dismissed the threat posed by the Premier League to the Bundesliga, pointing to Germany's FIFA World Cup success in 2014 and comparing it to the 50 years since England were world champions.
This summer will see even the Premier League's traditionally smaller clubs target some of Europe's most prized talents as the result of the increased funding provided by the new television deal.
But the Dortmund boss told the Kolnischen Rundschau (via the Guardian) he isn't concerned by the threat this may pose to Dortmund and other Bundesliga clubs:
I have no fear of the English [Premier League], we must make sure our qualities are in the foreground.
There is no need for the Bundesliga to be shy. From a football perspective, it’s just as good as the Premier League. We have superb stadiums filled with passionate fans, the average attendance is much higher, we play great football and we have first-class academies.
We are the world champions, while the English will be able to celebrate a great milestone in the summer: 50 years without a title.
July 30 will bring up an unwanted milestone for English football, as it marks a half-century since the country's one and only World Cup win.
[h/t the Guardian]