Ex-Bayern Munich defender Samuel Osei Kuffour says his former teammate Lothar Matthäus wanted to fund his transfer to the Club.
Kuffour made a dream move from Italian Club Torino to the German giants in 1993, just two years after leaving Ghanaian side King Faisal.
The former Ghana International went on to become a household name at Bayern playing consistently for 12years at the Club after he rose from the youth team through to the first team.
The 43-year-old thumb printed his name in Bayern’s regular team making him one of the most hailed players during his era.
He however narrates how he almost got signed by his own teammate after arriving in Germany.
“He (Lothar Matthäus) asked me if I have signed a contract with Bayern Munich, and I said no my agent was coming here, so when Richie (agent) came they (Matthäus and Richie) already knew each other because Matthäus used to play for Inter Milan and Richie was a fan of Inter Milan,” Kuffour was speaking to GTV Sports plus.
“So when they were talking he (Richie) told Matthäus that Torino is demanding half a million dollar but Bayern was not ready to pay that money, because is to huge for a young boy from Africa.
“So Matthäus told him if they don’t want to pay the money then he will pay the money, he was ready to pay the Money to Torino and then he will take me as his own player so when I develop to become a big player then he will negotiate with Bayern.
“Franz Beckenbauer and the Coach Erich Ribbeck were there and they said No and told Rummenigge to pay. So they paid and I became a permanent player for Bayern.”
After 11 seasons with the Bavarians, Kuffour won six German Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal, two DFB-Ligapokal, one UEFA Champions League and a Super Cup trophy.