Schalke 04 central midfielder, Leon Goretzka is fully aware of the competitions he will be facing at Bayern Munich, and believes he has what it takes to be a success next season willing to fight off all the competitions in the midfield position.
Speaking to Sport Bild in an interview via Bundesliga, the 23-year-old midfielder claims he has grown confident on his self-esteem and not being concerned about the competitions he will be facing there, he said: “When you join a club like Bayern, you have to believe in yourself.
“When I decided to join Bayern, I wasn’t thinking about this guy playing there, this player could be joining here and hopefully that player leaves. Things happen so quickly in football that you can’t really plan like that. You want to develop as a player and help your team – that’s why I’m relaxed and not concerned about the competition. I want to put in my best displays on the field, and if I do that, I know I can help the team.”
“On top of that, it’s also evident that if you join Bayern, your chances of winning a trophy increase. When you join a top European club – as Bayern are – then you have to play right to your limit because of the quality in the squad. That’s a basic requirement to develop, get better and play at the top level anyway.”
Goretzka, was acknowledge to be one of the best central midfielder in the Bundesliga, will be joining up the Bavarians as a free transfer agent in the summer and is claiming that he thought twice about leaving Schalke – and at a point he started to write down his emotion and thoughts down in a notebook to clear his conscience.
“It was a long process and I’m grateful to Schalke for giving me that time,” Goretzka said. “I’m not a block of ice, but rather quite an impulsive person and I didn’t want to take my decision based purely on emotion.
“For me, the most important thing is a conversation with the coach, and so that knocked me. It couldn’t be avoided any longer, though, and when Bayern set out clearly what they were looking for in their new coach, I was able to identify with that.”
He continued: “I’ve performed well and helped Schalke, the fans have taken it well and the atmosphere has remained good.”
“Generally I’d say I’m not naturally the most emotional person, but it will be a very emotional moment. I wouldn’t rule out tears.”
Leon Goretzka, who joined the Miners back in 2013 from neighbors VfL Bochum, has a total 130 appearances in the Schalke midfield scoring 19 goals in the process.