Effenberg: Martinez not worth €40m

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Effenberg thinks the Bavarian giants could be paying over the odds for Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez.

The 23-year-old Spain international's €40m switch to the Allianz Arena has hit complications, but should the move be completed, Effenberg believes Bayern could come to regret splashing out on the versatile youngster.

“I hope that he will do really well at Bayern,” the one time Germany playmaker told TZ. “He could become one of the stars of the Bundesliga and help them to the league title.

“There's a big risk though. I've been asking myself whether he's worth this kind of money, and I don't think that's the case. It has surprised me a bit that Bayern are so desperate to get him.

“He is not even a regular starter for Spain,” continued Effenberg, who made well over 100 appearances for 'FC Hollywood' during two spells in Munich.

“Yes, he has won the World Cup and the Euros, but he played only 25 minutes at Euro 2012.

“It is clear that he's not on par with the big guns like Andres Iniesta and Xavi. That's why I'm wondering whether he's worth the money.”

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