Borussia Mönchengladbach star midfielder and Germany international Florian Neuhaus has heard the rumors. The former 1860 Munich youth player, however, does not want to focus on those whispers — even if his dad is a Bayern Munich fan.
“I don’t want to commit myself to that,” said Neuhaus to Goal and SPOX. “FC Bayern is a big club. I have also got to know a couple of guys from Bayern in the national team who only speak positively about the club. My dad is also a huge Bayern fan. But I’m a Borussia Monchengladbach player and I don’t concentrate on anything else.”
The 23-year-old was born in the Southwest Bavarian town of Landsberg am Lech and has a strong connection to the region. His transfer to Borussia Mönchengladbach, however, was just what he needed for his career to progress.
“The move to Monchengladbach was spot on,” said Neuhaus. “At first, it wasn’t easy to be so far away from home, but it actually went well right from the start. The loan to Fortuna Dusseldorf also helped me because I played in a lot of matches. Now I’m happy to have such a big part to play at Borussia.”
One of the primary benefits of playing for M’Gladbach is the club’s placement into the Champions League. Die Fohlen’s group of Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid and Inter Milan has presented quality professional challenges, but has also left Borussia Mönchengladbach atop the group standings at this point.
“You become a footballer for games like this. Just the feeling of competing against the best teams in Europe is special,” said Neuhaus. “And when you realize that you can keep up with such teams and even win or almost win, that feels even better.”
Neuhaus is certainly a talent, but does Bayern Munich actually have room for such a player on its roster?
Sure, Javi Martinez is expectedly to leave Germany after this season and Corentin Tolisso could conceivably request a move in hopes of becoming a fixture in another club’s starting XI, but Bayern Munich still has Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Marc Roca, and Tanguy Nianzou — plus the rights to Michaël Cuisance and Adrian Fein, a purchase option on Tiago Dantas, and standout Bayern Munich II midfielder Angelo Stiller.
Clearly, midfield depth is not necessarily an issue on Hansi Flick’s organizational roster these days. A move for Neuhaus is possible, but still probably not likely.