Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka reveals his unhappiness with the ‘bench role,’ insisting he is in ‘the best shape of his career’
The 25-year-old has found himself a bit on the fringes of the Bavarians squad this season, making just eight Bundesliga starts plus two more in the UEFA Champions League.
Despite being mostly used as a substitute, Goretzka has still racked up five goals and six assists in all competitions, showing that he deserves more credit with head coach Hansi Flick.
Once regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football, the Germany international has been slightly forgotten after swapping Schalke for Bayern in summer 2018.
Although Goretzka feels that he should start more games for the perennial Bundesliga champions, he refuses to disclose private conversations with his manager, Flick.
“I’m currently in top shape, probably the best shape of my entire career,” Goretzka told the press, as reported by Goal.com.
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“Of course I’m not happy if I don’t play from the start. I can say that openly and honestly. I’ll have to discuss it.
“[Any discussions] remain private, so I ask for your understanding. I have to accept the decision of the coach.”
Yet, he is hopeful that he can establish himself as a regular starter if he manages to keep his current fitness level and continue to deliver consistency.
“You have to suffer in silence and make sure you stay in shape and continue to work on your game,” he added. “If the chance comes, you must take it.”
“I think it’s my job to perform. Then I’ll have the right to play in the starting XI.”
Goretzka found the net in Bayern’s 2-0 home win over Augsburg on Sunday after coming off the bench in the 70th minute, helping his side preserve a four-point gap on Borussia Dortmund at the summit.