Neuer excited by Bayern future

Bayern Munich’s new signing Manuel Neuer was unveiled to the club’s fans at a training session on Saturday.The 25-year-old starred for Schalke last season after an impressive 2010 FIFA World Cup and was the subject of much interest from across the globe, before he signed with Bayern at the end of the season.

Bayern offered the shot-stopper a five-year-deal in the hope that Neuer will be the club’s first choice goalkeeper for many years, a place he is keen to cement by winning trophies.

“I want to achieve the most I can,” Neuer said.

“We’ll be concentrating on all competitions but the main focus will be on the league of course – that’s something I personally want to win.”

Neuer was unveiled alongside the club’s other new signings, Rafinha – who also joined from Schalke – and Nils Peterson.

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes believes the acquisition of the trio will help the Bavarian giants win the Bundesliga next season after a disappointing campaign in 2010/11.

“I think the team has been competitive for the last few years, even if it only finished third last season,” Heynckes said.

“That means they are on an European level, they showed that two years ago when they reached the final of the Champions League and won the league and cup.”

“I think that if we manage to make a few more signings, then we will have an even better team and will be even stronger than in past years.”

“It will be important to strike a balance between offence and defence and I think it will be my target to achieve this together with the players.”

Bayern open their league campaign with a home match against Borussia Monchengladbach on August 7.