Neuer: Javi Martinez needs time to adapt

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer feels people should not expect too much of Javi Martinez in his first few months with the Bundesliga giants.

The Spain international joined Bayern from Athletic Bilbao for €40 million in the summer transfer window, and Neuer feels Javi Martinez will need time to get used to his new club before making any impact.

“He has to adapt to his new surroundings a bit. The Spanish league is different to the Bundesliga,” Neuer stated to Spox.

“That’s why people cannot expect too much from him right away. He will do a good job eventually, though.

“He’s a very open guy and the good thing is that he speaks English pretty well for a Spaniard.

“Will his hefty price tag weigh down on him? You don’t think about money when you step on to the the pitch.”

Javi Martinez made his official Bayern debut in last Sunday’s 6-1 Bundesliga win over Stuttgart.

Dante: I would happily retire at Bayern

Dante has revealed that he would happily end his playing career at Bayern Munich if the Bundesliga giants offered him the chance to do so.

The Brazilian centre-back joined the Bavarians from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer transfer window, and is thoroughly enjoying life at the Allianz Arena side.

“I’d take it at once if Bayern offer me the chance to retire here. I have a four-year contract, and I’m delighted to be here,” Dante was quoted as saying on the official Bayern website.

“I’m not thinking about any other clubs. I’ll give everything I have in these four years and attempt to repay the faith shown in me.

“My time here has been outstanding so far. It all works so well together, the club, the stadium, the fans, my new team-mates. I have a super, positive feeling. I really like Munich.”

Dante has made two Bundesliga appearances for Bayern so far.

Javi Martinez: Schweinsteiger is a legend

Javi Martinez is delighted with the help Bastian Schweinsteiger is offering him in adapting to his new surroundings at Bayern Munich.

The Spain international left Athletic Bilbao for a German adventure earlier this summer, and Schweinsteiger is doing his utmost to make the new signing feel at home at the Allianz Arena.

“Schweinsteiger is a legend, a great guy. He speaks a bit of Spanish and is trying to help me to settle in,” Martinez was quoted as saying on the cliub’s official website.

The holding midfielder then went on to stress that he will do his utmost to become a key player at the Bundesliga giants.

“Now I feel like I can focus on football again and train every day to earn my place in the starting 11, that’s what I wanted.

“I’ll play wherever the trainer wants me to play and I’m going to give it everything so I can do it well. I’m the kind of player who gives 100 per cent in every game.”

Javi Martinez made his official Bayern debut in last weekend’s 6-1 win over Stuttgart.

Lars Bender flattered by Bayern Munich interest

Versatile Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender is pleased by the reported interest shown in him by Bayern Munich, but wants to focus on breaking into the international set-up and honouring his contract at the BayArena.

The 23-year-old alerted several of Europe’s major clubs with a number of impressive performances for club and country throughout last season, including Jupp Heynckes’ side.

“It is an honour for me that the greatest German club has expressed an interest. But I have a contract at Leverkusen, and that is all that counts,” Bender explained to Die Welt.

After failing to lure Bender to the Allianz Arena, Javi Martinez was brought in as a €40 million acquisition by die Roten, and the Bayer starlet was keen to point out the increasing importance of a holding midfielder in the modern game.

“Our type of player is really important, because we are the link between defence and attack,” he continued. “This type of player has always been important. But today it is even more so because the game has gotten better and faster.

“Xabi Alonso, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are world class. From them I can learn a lot.”

With two of his idols currently occupying starting roles in Joachim Low’s national line-up, Bender knows that it will be difficult to stake a claim for a regular role, but he is willing to seize the moments should the opportunity arise.

“Of course I love to play always. But in the German national team we have a lot of good football players. I think I have gained a good standing after the European Championship. If I am perfect over a long period of time, I will surely get my chance,” he added.

“I want to present myself to the coach in the best possible way.”

Bender also spoke of his disappointment at losing the semi-final of Euro 2012, but stated that he is determined to make amends by helping die Mannschaft to success in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

“We deserved to lose against Italy. That was disappointing to many, because the qualification was so impressive. But it’s over. Now all that counts are the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.”

Germany kick-off their campaign against the Faroe Islands in Hanover on Friday night.

Heynckes delighted with Bayern Munich squad depth

Jupp Heynckes has voiced his delight at the abundance of options available to him as Bayern Munich coach, and believes that rotation and added competition could prove the key to Bundesliga glory.

Die Roten have brought in Xherdan Shaqiri, Javi Martinez, Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro among others this season, and have made a flying start to the league season.

And the 67-year-old coach spoke of an exchange with Arjen Robben ahead of the 6-1 thrashing of Schalke on Sunday to reflect his confident mood for the campaign ahead.

“Arjen came and said: ‘Boss, I’m not feeling great. We have such a good team and so many players. It’s better if someone who’s 100 percent fit and capable plays instead of me’,” he told reporters.

The Netherlands international winger was consequently rested and Thomas Muller, who was introduced in his place, scored twice and assisted a further two.

“It was a real delight. It reflects the spirit in this team, and I thought it was first-class,” Heynckes continued.

“The players respect the fact that others will play for 20 or 25 minutes, or from the start.”

Muller, who may find his place under threat this season following the arrival of Shaqiri, spoke of the challenges that he faces over the course of the season.

“There was already competition, but it’s even fiercer now,” Muller said. “I’m delighted I’m up to three goals after two matches. I needed a lot longer than that last season.

“It’s simple: there are lots of good players at Bayern, so you always have to state your credentials. But despite that, we’re all enjoying it.”

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is one of the players least likely to be rotated, but he also believes that the extra competition for places could help Bayern steal the league title away from Borussia Dortmund.

“It may well be that this brings us the couple of per cent we lacked last year,” he added.

Bayern Munich currently sit top of the Bundesliga table having achieved maximum points from their opening two games, scoring nine goals in the process.