Hoffenheim have surprised everyone this season following their promotion and finished the first half of the season at the top of the Bundesliga.
However, in a discussion with his counterpart Jan Schindelmeister, Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has urged the Sinsheim club to move towards a situation where they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to rely on their sugar daddy, Dietmar Hopp.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The club have a very good chance to establish themselves as a power in German football. In the medium term, they have to get to a point where they move away from dependence on Dietmar Hopp,Ã¢â‚¬Â Hoeness told the Tagesspiegel.
It might surprise Premier League fans but Schindelmeister said he agreed with Hoeness.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That is also our ambition, but it will take a few years until we get our income and outgoings stable,Ã¢â‚¬Â he stated.
Hoeness, while praising the honourable intentions of Hopp, believes the club would be better off being able to support themselves.Ã‚Â According to the Bayern general manager, Hopp has invested Ã¢â€šÂ¬175 million in his club.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to make a profit and doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect anything in return,Ã¢â‚¬Â Hoeness said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He sees it as an investment in the area from which he comes. It is the best form of support, but at some point it will have to end.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã‚Â
The Bayern manager also admitted how seriously the Bavarians were taking Hoffenheim in the title race.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They are a direct rival for the title and therefore we were unwilling to allow Toni Kroos to go there on-loan. We are taking them very seriously, because in a sporting and financial aspect, they are in a position to challenge us.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Mathew Burt, Goal.com