Bayern Munich formally introduced Hamburger SV transfer and Germany youth international Jann-Fiete Arp this morning in a press conference, but before we even get started on the recap, we have to acknowledge that he wants to be simply known as “Fiete Arp” from this point forward.
Fiete Arp explained why he wants people to make the change as captured in a ticker compiled by the Münchner Merkur:
It’s faster and easier to stick in your head.
While he is adjusting to live in a city that is “a little smaller, a bit more familiar” than Hamburg, Arp is also adjusting a bit to (not so) subtle language differences. He mentioned that the younger players sometimes speak Bavarian to each other, prompting him to ask them to repeat a few things. Linguistically, Hamburg is just about the complete opposite of Bavaria, after all.
All in all, Arp is enjoying his time in Munich so far, and the club did not have to work very hard to convince him to make a move. Arp said he had been contacted by “Mr. Salihamidzic, who showed me the way I wanted to go with him. But he didn’t have to convince me very much.” Arp feels there is no club in Germany that compares to FC Bayern.
As far as evolving his game and learning on the job, Arp can see no better mentor than the “Polish Hitman” Robert Lewandowski. Specifically, Arp said, “(There is) no better player than Lewandowski to learn from as a young striker,” and added that he would like to learn “tips and tricks” from the “complete striker.”
As for how Arp will fit in at Bayern, coach Niko Kovac seems committed to finding a way to get the youngster time on the pitch. Kovac acknowledged that Arp could be used by Bayern II, but that he ultimately wants to “welcome him as a regular player with the professionals” so that Arp “absorb everything from his — maybe — idols.”
For his part, Arp seems to have come to Bayern with a humble attitude and acknowledged that his first days were “overwhelming, how big the club really is.” He also address the possibility of a loan head-on: Arp said he sees his future “here in the club,” and that does not think he would have better conditions elsewhere, “at least not at a club where a loan would be possible.”