Manuel Neuer vows to win over Bayern Munich fans

Germany No1 wants to meet his new club's supporters to ease tensions over his move from Schalke

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Neuer has agreed to join Bayern, signing a deal until June 2016 Photo: via Flickr - Sdhansay

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Bayern Munich new boy Manuel Neuer has vowed to win over the club’s supporters after his controversial move from Schalke.

The 25-year-old Germany goalkeeper finally agreed a five-year deal with Bayern earlier this week after months of speculation linking him to Schalke’s arch rivals.

The former Schalke captain, who was also linked with a move to Manchester United, made 199 appearances for his boyhood club after having first joined their youth set-up in 1991.

But some fans of the Germany No1’s new club were seen holding banners reading “No Neuer” during the last few matches of the Bundesliga season.

“Until now I have no concrete strategy,” Neuer said when asked how he planned to combat the hostility.

“We have talked about this with Bayern officials and think we need to go to the fans and maybe have an open discussion about these issues.

“This transfer dragged on for a while but I am happy to have reached this point and to be able to say that I will play for Bayern from this summer.”

Neuer had been linked with a move to the Premier League following an eye-catching performance against United in the first leg of Schalke’s Champions League semi-final against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

“I did not want to go abroad,” Neuer continued. “The Bundesliga is a lucrative league and in Germany the best club is Bayern and I wanted to play for the best club in Germany.”

Meanwhile, Germany manager Joachim Löw believes Neuer’s switch will benefit both parties.

“I think this is a logical step because Bayern are always expected to play in the Champions League and to have a say in that competition,” Löw said.

“They play for titles every season and, for any player, playing there means he will develop. He has shown what he can do and I think he will be challenged there.”

He added: “I also like Bayern’s good policy to have German national team players on their squad.”

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