Marcel Sabitzer has admitted he knew going into the move that he would have to accept a lesser role at Bayern Munich than the Arsenal and Tottenham target enjoyed at RB Leipzig.
The Austrian has spoken to the media, via Kicker, after Der FCB unveiled their new player. Bayern paid Leipzig £14m for Sabitzer, who completed his transfer to the Allianz Arena on August 30. Leaving Saxony after seven-years, in which he rose to captain Die Roten Bullen.
Arsenal and Tottenham had explored deals to bring Sabitzer to the Premier League before he joined Bayern Munich. Fabrizio Romano claimed the Spurs hierarchy had retained their interest in the 27-year-old from Jose Mourinho’s time in charge. While Bild reported the Gunners also admired the 54-cap playmaker, who only had a year left on his Leipzig deal.
Sabitzer, however, chose to stay in the Bundesliga and overlooked potential transfers to Arsenal or Tottenham to join Bayern Munich. Joining the Bavarian powerhouse was a dream for the midfielder, even if he now has to accept a lesser role.
“It was always a dream to come here,” Sabitzer said. “Bayern Munich is, of course, a house number. When you come to FC Bayern, it makes sense that you will be a challenger first. The situation has, of course, changed for me, that is obvious. At RB Leipzig, I was an absolute regular player, I matured to become a captain and was a leading player.”
Sabitzer now contends with Joshua Kimmich, Marc Roca, Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Michael Cuisance and Jamal Musiala for central roles. The Bayern new boy could make his debut against Leipzig on Saturday evening, returning to the Red Bull Arena immediately.
Will Arsenal and Tottenham regret not signing Bayern new boy Sabitzer?
Arsenal and Tottenham may have struggled to convince Sabitzer to join if his heart was already with Bayern Munich. But the north London rivals may rue not bringing the Austrian to England with Leipzig eventually accepting a £14m offer.
Sabitzer is a versatile operator across the engine room, in central, advanced or wide roles. He is also creative with nine goals and seven assists in 39 Leipzig appearances across all competitions last season. And is a leader, having held Die Roten Bullen’s armband.
Bayern will hope Sabitzer now helps improve their already commanding unit in search of another Bundesliga title. While Arsenal and Tottenham will hope their options are enough to reclaim Champions or Europa League positions after missing out.