Bayern Munich midfielder Angelo Stiller will only be wearing red for a few more days before leaves for the blue kits of Hoffenheim.
After 11 (!?) years with the club, the 20-year-old was not happy to have to leave, but knew it was the right move for his career.
“Of course there is a little sadness in it! I came to Bayern at the age of nine — and I never thought I’d stay that long! The club has become my home,” Stiller said to Sport Bild. “But now I’m getting the chance to become a first division professional at Hoffenheim and I’m really looking forward to this challenge.”
Unfortunately for Stiller, his final campaign in Bavaria resulted in Bayern Munich II being relegated.
“Having to say goodbye like this really hurts. The 3rd division was a good stepping stone, from the 4th division it will be much more difficult,” Stiller said.
Stiller, though, had to make a very difficult decision in the final weeks of the season. The defensive midfielder was called to the first-team, but declined the invite in an effort to try and help Bayern Munich II avoid relegation. While it was an unsuccessful effort, Stiller’s commitment and fortitude embodied the club’s “Mia San Mia” mentality.
“I would have been in the professional squad for the game against Union Berlin, but I said internally that I’d rather help the second team in the relegation battle,” Stiller said. “Thanks to this decision, I have a clear conscience when I say goodbye.”