New Bayern Munich signing Mitchell Weiser has already set his sights on securing first team football with the Bavarian giants.
Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes snapped up the 18-year-old German Under-21 international on a three-year deal from Cologne after he impressed during a turbulent introduction to life in the Bundesliga.
Weiser only made his debut for Cologne in February and ultimately saw his side relegated to the second tier of German football following a 4-1 defeat to Bayern – after which the club’s supporters set the stadium alight.
However, according to Weiser – who was also subject to an offer from Bayer Leverkusen – he was not desperate to leave his former club.
“I would not leave for any club. (But) playing for the best German club is a huge honour and I just had to take the chance. I can develop myself there,” Weiser said.
Inspired by basketball heroes LeBron James and Michael Jordan, the versatile midfielder has taken the number 23 shirt at Bayern, and is keen to rub shoulders with the big-name players at the Allianz Arena.
“For a few years, I have admired all the players there. And now I can train and play with them. This is a killer. I used to live in France and was a fan of (Franck) Ribery. I am particularly pleased to play with him.” Weiser said.
Some have questioned whether Weiser’s big move has come too early for him, but the teenager has no such doubts.
“I do not understand this argument. I have a three-year pro contract and I’m currently a junior player. I can use this time to become a seasoned professional,” he said.
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