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Playing for Bayern Munich can “open doors” for young Justin Che to represent Germany

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Dallas-born and highly-rated center-back Justin Che says he is keeping his national team options open.

Germany U21 v Russia U21 - 2017 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifier Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich youngling Justin Che finds the club as a platform to showcase his worth to Germany national team. Deemed as the next Chris Richards, the 17-year-old American-German joined Die Roten in January on a three-week training period as part of the club’s player development pact with FC Dallas. After impressing the youth trainers at Bayern Munich, Che was rewarded with a six-month loan assignment by the Bavarians.

Speaking in a long interview with American Soccer Now, the Dallas-native spoke of the opportunity he has, as a Bayern player, to catch the attention of Die Mannschaft scouts.

“I’m thinking with me establishing some time here in Germany with Bayern, that might open some doors with the German national team,” Che stated. “They’ll most likely keep an eye on me.”

Although yet to turn 18, Che was able to complete the move to European giants because of his dual American-German citizenship. While he has made an appearance for the USMNT U-16 team, the young center-back is keeping both of his options and will decide when the time comes.

“I’m not really set on one national team specifically,” he said. “I’m not really set on playing for just the US or playing just for Germany. I kind of want to keep my door always open until I got to make the decision at the time.”

Che, on his part, is thrilled to have received the chance to ply his trade at a “super club” like Bayern. “Getting the loan was exciting,” he revealed. “I was excited. I’m really looking forward to learning from some of the top coaches.”