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New Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer: I did not have to leave Schalke, but I wanted to

By Luke Matthews

Jun 2, 2011 10:10:00 AM

Bundesliga: 1. FC Köln - FC Schalke 04, Manuel Neuer

Bundesliga: 1. FC Köln - FC Schalke 04, Manuel Neuer

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New Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer revealed the reason he joined the Bavarian giants was because he wanted to play for the biggest club in Germany.

The 25-year-old joined Bayern on Wednesday after the club agreed a deal worth 18 million euros plus incentives with Schalke.

"I did not have to leave [Schalke], I wanted to. I could have gone abroad but I did not want to. For me, the Bundesliga is a great league. In Germany, the football association is the best. I want to play for the best club and that is Bayern Munich," Neuer told German reporters during a press conference in Vienna.

Neuer was linked with Europe's elite following some superb performances this season, particularly impressing in the Royal Blues' run to the Champions League semifinals.

However, the shot-stopper confirmed his wish was always to stay in the Bundesliga.

The keeper went on to speak about how difficult the last few weeks have been in terms of concentrating on finishing the season at Schalke with all the transfer talk swirling around.

"It has already changed me. It [transfer rumors] was very much in the media and there were reports about me. I asked people at the club to not talk about it in media interviews and press conferences. I feel I did not give into the pressure and still put in good performances," he added.

"I have personal goals, I would like to continue to develop as I still haven't reached my limit. I want to win lots of titles."

Neuer was speaking alongside Germany national team coach Joachim Low, ahead of the Mannschaft's Euro 2012 qualifier against Austria on Friday.

Low also shared a few words on Neuer's move to Bayern with the tactician believing his star keeper had made the logical decision.

"Bayern play in the Champions League regularly. They always play for titles and that will enable further development for him [Neuer]. For me personally, nothing changes. He has been our number one choice for almost a year. He has justified that confidence by playing an outstanding season," Low said.

Germany will be looking for victory in Vienna before travelling to Azerbaijan for another qualifier on Tuesday.

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