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Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka: 'Moving to Bayern Munich is right step'

Goretzka: 'Bayern switch is right step'
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Midfielder Leon Goretzka says that leaving Schalke 04 to move to Bayern Munich is the "right step" for him at this stage of his career.

Midfielder Leon Goretzka has said that one of the main factors behind joining Bayern Munich was the club's ambition to win the Champions League.

Earlier this year, Goretzka revealed that he had turned down a new contract at Schalke 04 and alleged interest from the Premier League to sign for Bayern at the end of his existing deal at the Veltins-Arena.

Goretzka has competed in European competition with Schalke, but the Germany international has admitted that he wanted to play for a team who were contenders to emerge victorious in the Champions League.

The 23-year-old told Funke Sport: "I've come to the conclusion that this is right step now. The Champions League also plays a big role in my decision. Bayern start with different expectations in the Champions League, with Schalke we are always focusing on surviving the group stages.

"It was a long decision-making process, I spent a lot of time on it, and I was well prepared for the situation."

Bayern have not won the Champions League since 2013.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund17133144182642
2Bayern Munich17113336181836
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach17103436181833
4RB Leipzig1794431171431
5Wolfsburg178452722528
6Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1783634231127
7Hoffenheim176743223925
8Hertha Berlin176652627-124
9Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen177372629-324
10Werder Bremen176472829-122
11Freiburg175662125-421
12Mainz 05175661722-521
13Schalke 04Schalke175392024-418
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf175391933-1418
15Augsburg173682529-415
16Stuttgart1742111235-2314
17Hannover1725101735-1811
18Nuremberg1725101438-2411

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