Leon Goretzka hopes to convince manager Niko Kovac to make him a “regular starter” at Bayern Munich next season amid the growing competition.
Goretzka, who completed a free transfer from rivals Schalke 04 last summer, made 42 appearances in all competitions for Bayern during his debut campaign.
The 24-year-old midfielder even scored nine goals and provide seven assists on route to his first Bundesliga title.
Despite his impressive start at the Allianz Arena, minor injuries nearly spoiled Goretzka’s first season. In fact, a muscular problem caused him to miss Bayern’s 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig in the DFB Pokal-Cup final in May.
But the Germany international knows he cannot allow such small issues to hold him back anymore, with a fully-fit Corentin Tolisso back in action and keen to reclaim his midfield spot in the line-up.
“I want to take the next step. I could count myself among the regular players for much of last season, and I want to build on that,” Goretzka told TZ.
“I want to score goals, help the team, and win matches. What I missed last season is also being there in the big games. I always had minor health problems.
“Now I also want to be fit for the big games, for example against Liverpool, and stand on the pitch. I’m hoping for a bit more luck.
“I’ve already taken on a lot of responsibility on the pitch because last season was my first at Bayern. I’m trying because it’s part of my game. With the positions in the middle, I have a certain responsibility by nature.
“From there I can reach and coach many parts of the team. Basically, every player at FC Bayern is expected to take responsibility. For me, too, this is a point that I would like to improve.”
In his first start of pre-season on Wednesday, Goretzka scored the only goal of the game to hand Bayern a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup.