Manuel Neuer has declared he is pain-free and ready to get back to his best!
According to a report from beIN Sport, the German international and Bayern Munich captain is finally pain-free. After two seasons plagued by injuries.
Germany’s number 1, Neuer has seen a continuous battle with a thumb injury and then calf troubles over the course of last season. This was preceded by an almost the entire 2017-18 season out of action due to a fractured metatarsal.
There have been numerous rumours of retirement. But at 33-years of age, as a goalkeeper, he is now entering his prime. Neuer moved quickly to dismiss that possibility. He regained fitness in time for the DFB-Pokal victory over RB Leipzig at the end of May.
He has managed to bag three pre-season games already so far.
Neuer told the official Bundesliga website, “I feel really good right now,”
“I’m not in any pain and can take part in everything we’re doing. I’m really looking forward to the new season.”
Neuer’s experience in the big game and his commanding presence on the pitch will see him assume an even more important role in the Bayern dressing room as well as on the pitch.
The German Bundesliga champions have lost Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery to retirement this year. Plus the departure of Hummels and Rafinha. They were seasoned professionals and experienced players.
Someone will need to step up in Bavaria. Given the confidence brimming from the now fit Neuer, he believes he is the man to step up and lead.
“We’ve got a lot of players who are established and know each other well, but also some guys who will have bigger roles to play because of the departures,” Neuer said.
“They have to prove they can take on leadership roles.”