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Three youngsters, one dream

Alaba, Ekici and Contento give it their best shot

A training camp like Bayern’s current winter workout in Dubai can be an energy-sapping experience. It involves pushing your body to the limit, remaining focused on the work at hand with heavy limbs, and asserting yourself in one-on-one competition. And for the youngest members of the group it often means putting in an extra shift.

This has been the experience of 17-year-old David Alaba and of Mehmet Ekici and Diego Contento, both 19, three up-and-coming players from Bayern’s reserve squad who travelled with the first team pros to take part in the training camp. At the airport they had to knuckle down and haul boxes around, while in Dubai they helped to unload the team bus on arrival at the training ground. But the three youngsters have enjoyed the experience nevertheless.

“It’s been great fun,” Ekici told “It’s a very special experience to be in Dubai with the first team.” Alaba also expressed his delight: “Every boy dreams of taking part in a training camp with all the Bayern stars.” Added Contento: “It’s great to spend the whole day with the first-teamers. But our ambition is to play alongside them.”