Michael Reschke, currently director of sport at VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich’s former technical director, told Bild in no uncertain terms that Bayern Munich had in no way been involved in the signing of Ozan Kabak from Galatasaray. Kicker had reported yesterday that Bayern had somehow facilitated the Turkish youngster’s transfer to Stuttgart, potentially securing a right of first refusal in the same way it secured the rights to Serge Gnabry when he transferred to Werder Bremen.
Reschke dismissed the report out of hand:
We’ll refer the idea that there were any sort of pre-agreement arrangements with other clubs to the realm of fairy tales. The player belongs to VfB. No other club is involved. I don’t know why such erroneous information is being spread. We alone handled this transfer.
Stuttgart is especially excited to have landed Kabak, who, at a transfer fee of €12 million, is the most expensive signing in the club’s history. Rescke said,
It’s a great commitment from a player who had offers from clubs from the European top ten and then decided in favor of us. We were able to win him over with the long-term vision for Stuttgart. He sees in the example of Benjamin Pavard that Stuttgart is an attractive club for young players. It certainly also was important that we occupied ourselves with him very early.
Reschke himself been present in the stands in Istanbul when Galatasary played Porto in December. Kabak’s contract runs until 2024 and is valid for the 2nd Liga, if Stuttgart succumbs to relegation. They are currently in 16th place ahead of Hannover 96 and Nürnberg.