Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has blasted Douglas Costa over his demands for more cash while at the Bundesliga champions.
After joining Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk for €30 million in 2015, Costa had a decent solid first season in Germany, scoring four and assisting in 14 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances under Pep Guardiola.
He also scored the decisive penalty in the DFB Pokal final shootout against Borussia Dortmund as Bayern secured the double in Guardiola’s final game in charge.
However, Costa, who had to fight for a place on the flanks with Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman, found it difficult to back up his strong debut campaign and started only 14 of Bayern’s 34 Bundesliga games last term.
“It’s the club’s job to sign players of strong character,” Hoeness told Sky Deutschland. “There are players who, two days after signing a contract, start to think where they can earn more money elsewhere.
“We had a similar case with Costa — he acted exactly the same way as Dembele. He [Costa] wanted more money after only a short time, although his performances weren’t that good. We therefore let him leave according to the terms of Bayern.”
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