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09 June 2011 @ 10:49 pm

Neuer arrives in Munich

Munich - There was plenty of media interest as Manuel Neuer arrived in Munich on Wednesday to successfully complete a medical examination in Munich before signing his agreed five-year deal with FC Bayern.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge, my first training sessions and the training camp," said Neuer upon the definitive conclusion of his protracted transfer to Germany's most successful club. "I'm settled in Germany. I'm national team goalkeeper and Bayern are the best team in Germany. That's why I wanted to join them," he explained. "I want to celebrate both personal and team successes with the club."

Relaxed about training

Sporting director Christian Nerlinger was pleased to have finally wrapped things up: "We're delighted to have signed one of the world's best goalkeepers in Manuel Neuer and we're looking forward to a long and successful cooperation with him."

Neuer, who returned to Germany following a trio of fixtures with the German national side, will spend the next few weeks recovering from a long hard season, though he refused to reveal details of where he might be heading: "Somewhere far away, that's for sure." The 25-year-old is however already looking forward to his first training session with his new team-mates on 1 July: "It won't be completely normal because this is all new territory for me."

Tapalovic new goalkeeping coach

Meanwhile Bayern have announced a new addition to their coaching staff with the arrival of Toni Tapalovic as the club's new goalkeeping coach. The 31-year-old Croatian has signed a two-year deal and will work closely with both Manuel Neuer and Jörg Butt.

"Toni is from Gelsenkirchen like me so we know each other from our time together at Schalke 04. I'm sure I'll continue my development under him," said Neuer. Head coach Jupp Heynckes added: "I'm looking forward to working with a young and dynamic goalkeeping coach. Toni impressed me with both his character and knowledge during our discussions."

09 June 2011 @ 10:47 pm
Vienna - Following confirmation of his transfer from FC Schalke 04 to FC Bayer München on Wednesday evening, Manuel Neuer spoke about the reasons for his move and his new goals with Germany's most successful club.

Question: Herr Neuer, how relieved are you that your future has finally been sorted out?

Manuel Neuer: The whole thing took a while and a lot was written in the press. I'm just happy to able to announce I'll be an FC Bayern player as of this summer. I do however wish to emphasise my gratitude to the people at Schalke, especially the fans and those who helped me along, as well as my long-time goalkeeper coach Lothar Matuschak.

Question: How did you cope with the deadlock over the past few weeks?

Neuer: It did affect me because a lot was being reported about me in the media. It wasn't easy, but the important thing is I came through it.

Question: Why is it such a rarity these days for players to spend their entire careers with one club?

Neuer: It's difficult to say. In my case, I didn't have to move, I wanted to. I didn't want to go abroad either. I wanted to play for the best club in Germany as national team goalkeeper. The Bundesliga has an awful lot to offer in my view.

Question: What will your transfer mean in terms of the national team?
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09 June 2011 @ 10:45 pm

In his final game for Schalke 04 in May, he helped the Royal Blues to victory in the DFB Cup final in Berlin
Things did not go so well for Schalke in the Bundesliga, where they finished a lowly 14th
Neuer and co. hit the headlines with a fine run in the Champions League, only ended by Manchester United in the semi-finals

Munich - FC Bayern München and Schalke 04 on Wednesday co-signed the contractual formalities for the transfer of Manuel Neuer, who will join the record champions on July 1st.

The 25-year-old Germany number one will undergo a medical in Munich when he returns from Euro 2012 qualifying duty in Azerbaijan next week. Once that is completed, he will put pen to paper on a five-year contract, valid through to June 30th 2016.

"Sure I'll settle in quickly"

"I'm really looking forward to this massive and exciting new challenge at FC Bayern", said the keeper: "A lot of colleagues from the national side will now be my teammates at club level in Munich. So I'm not entering terra incognita and am sure I'll settle in quickly."

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern München AG, commented, "FC Bayern are very happy to have been able to secure the long-term services of Manuel Neuer: not just the number one for the German national team, but one of the best keepers in the world as well."


The Bavarian giants have agreed a fee with Schalke for the services of Manuel Neuer and will now negotiate personal terms with the highly-rated goalkeeper

By Luke Matthews

Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to bring Schalke's Manuel Neuer to the Allianz Arena, according to Bild.

The Bavarian giants will pay €18 million upfront for the 25-year-old with a further €7m a possible part of the transfer, €3m guaranteed with the remaining €4m in performance-related bonuses.

Schalke accepted Bayern's offer after three hours of negotiations between the two clubs with it being reported that Neuer will sign a four-year contract with the Munich powerhouse.

Despite Neuer publicly declaring his intention to leave the Gelsenkirchen club this summer, a deal between the two side's looked unlikely when negotiations began in late April, according to Schalke's sporting director, Horst Heldt.

"The offer from Bayern was not worth mentioning, not acceptable. It is seriously worth considering keeping the world's best goalkeeper for another year," the club's sporting director told German media last month.

However, talks between the two parties on Tuesday were more successful with Heldt claiming: "Yes, we [Schalke and Bayern] had a decent conversation."

Neuer's imminent departure has lead to speculation regarding who will replace the keeper with Ajax's Maarten Stekelenburg emerging as a likely candidate, according to Derwestern.

The Dutchman is highly-sought after with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus and Tottenham all being linked with the keeper in recent weeks.

Stekelenburg currently has one-year left on his contract with the 28-year-old thought to be valued at around €12m.

Other possible replacements for Neuer are Werder Bremen's experienced man between the sticks, Tim Wiese and Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler, who has been a revelation in 2011.

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28 April 2011 @ 09:49 pm
Question: You mentioned Neuer's performance. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was also full of praise...

Rangnick: We didn't need that performance to realise that he's world class. For me, there are no better goalkeepers in Europe, or anywhere else for that matter.

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27 April 2011 @ 06:50 pm
Manuel Neuer - Top of the Match


He was a one-man army for Schalke, who relied solely on his brilliance to stay in the game as long as they did. Displayed his wares early on with a string of fine saves both from shots and coming out of his goal. He was also authoritative with high balls into the area and led from the front as every captain should. Finally beaten twice, no blame can be apportioned to Neuer. Bayern Munich are getting the world's best goalkeeper should everything be ironed out in the weeks to come.

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27 April 2011 @ 06:42 pm
Interesting video about Neuer and his future: Click here to watch

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27 April 2011 @ 06:32 pm
Bayern preparing Neuer bid
Hoeness does not expect to have to pay an 'astronomical price'

Bayern Munich plan to begin negotiations to sign Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and do not expect to be required to pay an 'astronomical price'.
The Germany international has long been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena and he recently confirmed that he would not be extending his Schalke contract, which expires next year.
Neuer encapsulated his ability when keeping the scoreline respectable in Schalke's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.
United are understood to have scouted the 25-year-old in the past, but Bayern are favourites to complete a deal and the club's president, Uli Hoeness, does not expect to have to offer a high fee due to the player's contract situation.

"We have up until now not had any negotiations," Hoeness told Munich's TZ newspaper. "That will now be addressed.
"We want Manuel, and where there's a will there's a way.
"But Schalke cannot now demand an astronomical price."
But Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt said of Neuer after the defeat to United: "His value on the transfer market is already very high, I don't know if it can still go up.
"But watching this match, I said to myself, 'Why sell such a player?'."

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27 April 2011 @ 06:28 pm
[...]Van der Sar was appreciative of the display of Schalke counterpart Manuel Neuer, who has been touted as a potential replacement for the Dutchman when he steps down at the end of the season.

It now appears 25-year-old Neuer is bound for Bayern Munich instead but Van der Sar said: "Neuer played really well."

"I haven't seen a lot of him because I don't get to see much of German football on TV but, according to all the reports, it is nothing new."

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27 April 2011 @ 06:23 pm
Manuel Neuer was pleased to earn the praise of Sir Alex Ferguson, but was left 'irritated' by Schalke's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United.

United secured a comfortable first-leg advantage in their UEFA Champions League semi-final after a dominant performance in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening.

But for Neuer's heroics in goal, the Red Devils could have been out of sight and the keeper's performance was hailed by Ferguson after the game.
Neuer has been linked with a move to United, but is expected to join Bayern Munich after recently confirming his intention to leave Schalke in the summer.
Ferguson also spoke to the Germany international on the pitch at full-time, but Neuer's primary concern was the defeat which leaves Schalke with a mountain to climb to reach the Champions League final.
"Of course it's nice to hear things like that. But we have lost 2-0 and that irritates me very much."
Manuel Neuer Quotes of the week

Asked if Ferguson's comments made him proud, he said: "Of course it's nice to hear things like that. But we have lost 2-0 and that irritates me very much."

Schalke had knocked out holders Inter Milan 7-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, but Neuer claimed the Royal Blues showed United too much respect.

"It was not (nerves), but the respect was very big - perhaps too big," he added on Schalke's official website.

The goalkeeper admitted his side now had 'nothing more to lose' in the second leg at Old Trafford next week and insisted Schalke are not out of it.

"The first half will be nervous," he said. "Should we go 1-0 up there would still be a chance.

"The crowd will also get nervous. They expect a clear win against the underdog. But for that to happen then we need a perfect day."

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