Munich - FC Bayern München are planning to return to China for a summer tour in July 2015, the Bundesliga champions' executive board chairman, , has confirmed.
'An increasingly important market'
"The team will play three games there: in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou," the 59-year-old told German newspaper Die Welt. The trip will be the second time that the Bundesliga champions spend part of the summer in the world's most populous country, following a five-day visit in July 2012.
Prospective details for 2015, alongside three games in eight days, include a training camp and PR events, according to the newspaper. "We're in global competition," explained Rummenigge. "That means for us now that we have to be present in countries a long way away. We will steadily speed up our internationalisation. China is becoming an increasingly important market for football. We hope to be able to play a role there in the coming years."
Pep Guardiola's side, who intend to return to Munich at least a week before a potential Supercup clash on August 1, travelled to the USA last summer, opening an office in New York as well facing off against the MLS All-Stars in Portland.