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Rummenigge: We’ve hit all our targets

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge addressed a packed press conference on Tuesday lunchtime local time in Portland, where the Bayern chairman confirmed keeper Pepe Reina’s imminent move to Munich and quashed rumours that Xherdan Shaqiri might leave the club.

Rummenigge on…

...the USA trip:
“It's been good to very good. We've completely fulfilled all our goals and done good service to the Bayern Munich brand. All the good clubs have to make their way around the world. You have to join in this process of globalisation. It's the right path. Our plan is to go to certain markets we consider interesting every year, especially the USA and China. Our coach doesn't consider it a problem, he joins in actually. He's not complaining in the slightest.”

…the club's international expansion plans:
“Our goal is to promote the Bayern brand around the world. We have to earn euros with our brand, and I'm sure we will. Partnering with FC Bayern needs to be even more attractive. I think the Bundesliga has to put the pedal to the metal a little more. The clubs have to undertake tours if we want to survive in the competitive international situation. What Bayern can do, others can do too.”

…the Bayern squad:
“We have a good team. Pep wants 18 top players and five or six promising youngsters. We have a good blend. We've always been prepared to bring in a player if necessary, like Thiago. But the coach doesn't want that because he's totally satisfied with the squad. He doesn't want unhappy players sitting in the stands.”

…Xherdan Shaqiri potentially leaving the club:
“We've had enquiries from several clubs from England and Italy but I've not held a single round of talks, because we're convinced he'll have a great career with us. He needs to stay fit and the coach totally believes in him.”

…Real Madrid’s huge investment in transfers:
“I'm not worried, because even Real can only send out 11 players at a time.”

...the relationship with Borussia Dortmund:
“The players seem to have become friends during the World Cup, and that's good. We're rivals and both clubs want to fight for the German championship. But we have respect for each other, no doubt about it.”