Created on 30-12-2008 at 00:00 AM
A year and a half has passed since Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni arrived at Bayern. In that time, the 31-year-old has well and truly settled in his adopted city of Munich. "Bayern feels like home to me now,“ the super striker was quoted as saying in Tuesday's edition of Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport. The player's contract in Bavaria runs until 30 June 2011, "and if they don't kick me out, I'll be staying in Germany," Toni confirmed.
The 2006 World Cup winner admitted that the initial move to a new country had not been entirely problem-free. "But I've felt really good about it since then,“ last season's leading Bundesliga goalscorer reported. "They really look after me at Bayern, even more so when I've been injured or I'm not scoring,“ Toni enthused. The striker has repaid the club's faith in the currency he knows best, with 49 goals and 15 assists in 63 appearances for FCB to date.
Convinced by FCB quality
Toni firmly believes Bayern can defend their Bundesliga crown this season. Hoffenheim are worthy and realistic title contenders, the striker feels, but Bayern boast the strongest squad in Germany and have now put their teething troubles from the start of the campaign well and truly behind them: "A new coach, lots of injuries, new systems and loads of changes: we had problems, but we've worked our way through them, because we know Klinsmann is a good man."
Top of the Toni wish-list with Bayern this term would be a place in the Champions League Final in Rome. "We're unique. We can beat anyone on our day. I'll do everything I can to hit my target as an Italian in a Bayern team,“ he declared.
Aiming for 2010
The lanky striker has also set his sights firmly on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where he feels the holders have what it takes to retain the global crown. "I'm confident,“ Toni insisted. The current Squadra Azzurra line-up, knocked out of Euro 2008 at the quarter-final stage by eventual continental champions Spain on penalties, was not yet too old, the goal-getter stated. "National coach Marcello Lippi is very good, he has a plan to pull together a team for the World Cup over the coming months,“ commented Toni.