Meyer: I nearly left Schalke for Bayern

The Germany international was on the verge of joining the reigning Bundesliga champions at youth level, but has no regrets over his decision to reject a move


Schalke youngster Max Meyer has revealed he has twice come close to joining Bayern Munich.

The 19-year-old is one of Germany’s hottest prospects and has already become a first team regular in Gelsenkirchen, having made his debut for the club at the age of 17 in February 2013.

However, so evident was his talent as a youngster, Meyer was the subject of interest from a number of clubs as he progressed through the youth ranks, including Bayern, but opted to remain with Schalke.

“I trained at Bayern for one day when I was 12, but I never heard anything from Bayern after that,” Meyer told Sport Bild.

“But I nearly joined Bayern after all at a latter stage. Things were much more concrete then.

“Things weren’t going too well for me in my first year with Schalke Under-15. I then visited Bayern, but this time not to train, but to hold talks. I had an offer and came close to joining Bayern. Schalke eventually convinced me to stay, though.

“I have no regrets about my decision. I made the right call. I want to stay at Schalke for a long time and score a lot of goals here.”

Meyer – who has a contract with Schalke until June 2018 – has scored two goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances so far this term.