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Rummenigge: Bayern open to Mandzukic departure

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm •  Published: May 16, 2014

MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club is open to Mario Mandzukic leaving the club due to the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski.

Rummenigge tells the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, "Naturally if Mario stays it won't be easy for him because a world class player is coming to us. The question is whether he confronts this competition or would rather go to another club."

Mandzukic was dropped by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola despite being fit for Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, fueling speculation he is leaving the club.

Rummenigge says, "We'll talk openly and fairly about everything. The issue is open."

Lewandowski is joining Bayern on July 1 after failing to reach an agreement with Dortmund on extending his four-year contract. He plays his last game for Dortmund on Saturday.