Valencia a small club compared to Bayern Munich, says Bernat

The Spain international is thoroughly enjoying life in Germany and admits he was surprised when Pep Guardiola came calling

Juan Bernat has stressed that he has no regrets over his decision to leave Valencia for Bayern Munich ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

The 21-year-old has developed into an important first-team player at the Bundesliga champions since his summer move and he is delighted to be part of a club of Bayern’s stature.

“Up to now my move to Bayern really has been like a dream. Valencia are a small club compared with Bayern,” Bernat told the official Bayern website.

“At the age of just 21 I took the plunge to move to a new country, a new league and it’s turned out brilliantly for me being a regular first choice in such a great team. It’s exceeded all my expectations. I just hope it carries on.

“It was a great honour when Bayern contacted me and it made me feel really proud when Pep [Guardiola] rang me to ask if I could imagine signing for Bayern.

“And, of course, I was a bit surprised as I was only 21 and playing my first season at left-back.

“There were no problems with my club Valencia as my contract only had a year to run. Most people shared my excitement and they gave me a good send off.”

Bernat has made 29 appearances in all competitions so far this term, scoring once in the process.