Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described his former employee and current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as a man with a 'huge ego'.
Van Gaal was hired as the new Bayern manager by Rummenigge following the departure of Jupp Heynckes back in 2009. Van Gaal led Bayern to a domestic double on his debut season but lost to Inter Milan in the Champions League final to miss out on a historic treble.
Van Gaal sacking
The Dutchman was sacked the following year after Bayern dropped to fourth in the Bundesliga table, having already been knocked out of the DFB Pokal, bringing an end to a fiery relationship between him and Rummenigge.
"As soon as he presented his autobiography in a snobby restaurant, I knew hard times were ahead," Rummenigge told Germany's Spiegel magazine, according to the Daily Mail.
The Bayern chairman accused Van Gaal of trying to 'Vangaalise' his beloved club.
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"Louis van Gaal was not always easy-care. He wanted to 'Vangaalise' our club. He has a huge ego," he said.
"Louis van Gaal was not always easy-care. He wanted to 'Vangaalise' our club. He has a huge ego"
Despite that, Rummenigge paid a glorious tribute to current Bayern Munich manager pep Guardiola, describing him as a genius. He further went on to claim that Guardiola fits the club's philosophy and it's ethos.
"Pep's a genius," Rummenigge said. "He's made Bayern a bit more professional.
"He's got high expectations, but he also respects the culture of this club. He has many ideas, sometimes unusual ones, but never crazy."
Guardiola won Bayern the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and FIFA Club World Cup in his first season in charge of the club.
Bayern were involved in two very controversial transfers that summer when the Bavarian club acquired the services of Germany's World Cup winning goal scorer Mario Gotze and Polish striker Robert Lewandowski from rival club Borussia Dortmund.
Rummenigge described both the signings as 'a favour to German football' as he believes both the players would be playing in a foreign league had he not completed their transfers. He also made strong claims that Gotze and Lewandowski had huge offers on the table from Manchester City and Real Madrid respectively.
"If we hadn't signed them, they would now be playing abroad somewhere,' he said. 'Both make the league attractive," he said.
"Gotze had an incredible offer from Manchester City while Real Madrid desperately wanted Lewandowski, and would that have been better for the Bundesliga?"
Bayern currently sit four points clear of Wolfsburg at the top of the Bundesliga table and will face Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena following the international break.