In a recent interview with Bild, Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca talked about his chance for a new beginning under Julian Nagelsmann and being able to compete with Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.
And yes — Roca has heard those rumors about Nagelsmann wanting him to play at RB Leipzig.
“That’s what they say. I don’t know, but I’ve heard of the rumors,” said Roca.
The Spaniard does have some insider info on Nagelsmann, however. His good friend Dani Olmo played under the new Bayern Munich manager last season at RB Leipzig.
“Dani has assured me that he has a great feel for the players and is very hungry for success. He will surely move me forward,” said Roca. “Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about my role yet. But I’m dying to recommend myself.”
Roca is looking forward to getting to know Nagelsmann’s plan for him after a season where he spent almost all of his time on the bench under Hansi Flick.
“Absolutely! A fresh wind is coming, which I’m really looking forward to. Serge Gnabry, who already played under him in Hoffenheim, and my good friend Dani Olmo from Leipzig told me a lot of good things about Julian Nagelsmann,” said Roca.
Because this will be his first season working with Nagelsmann opted to bypass a chance to go to the Olympics with Spain. While it was not an easy decision, it was one that the midfielder made in tandem with sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic.
“I had a huge desire to travel to Tokyo for my country. I decided that with Hasan Salihamidzic. We both think that the most important thing at the moment is to focus on Bayern from the first second under the new coach,” Roca said. “I am doing well with this difficult decision, because being with Bayern is a dream in which I want to put all my energy.”
As far as how he can improve his standing in the squad, Roca knows that he is facing an uphill battle behind incumbent starters Goretzka and Kimmich.
“I know where I come from and where I am at — the best club in the world. And I know about the world-class competition I have with the two of them and Corentin Tolisso. But the three also help me in my development,” said Roca. “The good thing is that the four of us complement each other well. Everyone can play with everyone and everyone gets along well with everyone off the pitch. I will be ready to fight for a place in the team and to contribute my part to the success — hopefully with as much time as possible.”