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Schumacher says manager wrong about ‘no sponsors’ claim

The relationship between Michael Schumacher and his long time manager Willi Weber appears to have cooled.

Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm has this year taken over the day-to-day management of the seven time world champion, although Weber is still involved in merchandising and sponsorship.

Weber, who guided the German throughout his ultra-successful initial career, said this week that he senses a “Schumi-tiredness” within the public that could explain low merchandise sales in 2010.

The 68-year-old also said “Vettel is the new Schumi” commercially, while it is “easier to find a 50-year-old virgin” than sponsors.

Schumacher said in Barcelona: “Some of the things he said I cannot understand.

“Sabine has actually been very successful in finding sponsors, and nearly at every race the team has a new sponsor.  It is his view,” the 41-year-old told Bild-Zeitung.