Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca has never doubted his decision to move to Germany.
In fact, Roca is determined to make his mark in the Bundesliga. With recent rumors linking Bayern Munich to Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, Roca could have more competition for playing time in the midfielder, but that does not seem to be deterring the youngster.
“I am confident. Playing for a club like Bayern Munich is every player’s dream,” Roca said (as captured by Tz). “Giving up now would not do me justice. It’s every player’s dream. It was clear to me that the competition would not be small here and that I might not play that much in the beginning. Daily training with the best in the world has also helped me. I see each unit as a kind of lesson. After all, these players are not only the best in the world, but also great people who have been very supportive of me from the start.”
The lesson of not always getting what he wants at Bayern Munich actually started very early on for Roca. The midfielder is quite attached to the number 21, but Lucas Hernandez was already sporting the number for t he Bavarians.
“I wanted it, but Lucas already had it,” Roca said.
Roca’s affection to the number came after the death of former Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque, who suddenly passed away from heart failure in 2009 at the age of 26).
“I was the first player to be allowed to wear the 21 again. It was initially withdrawn, but since the squad limit was reached, it had to be awarded again,” Roca said. “It was an unbelievable honor that I got it as a homegrown. I will never forget that I received this honor.”
While Roca now wears number 22, he will not hesitate to trade it in for 21 should Lucas ever change.