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Raeder: Bayern is something else again

Lukas Raeder noisily geed up and encouraged his team-mates in a Bayern reserve game on Friday – and yet just three weeks ago, he was wearing a Schalke shirt. The Royal Blues’ U–19 juniors defeated their Bayern counterparts 2–1 to win the German championship for their age group, but with a medal in his pocket, the 18-year-old has now upped sticks and joined Munich.

As of last Tuesday, the 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Raeder, already christened ‘Neuer minor’ by the Munich media, reported for duty at the Säbener Strasse. The talented youngster spoke to about opting to join Munich, and his opportunity in the transition phase between junior and senior football.

Interview: Lukas Raeder

Lukas, you're working out with players you beat a couple of weeks ago in the U–19 final. Does it weigh on your conscience?
Lukas Rader: No, it's not crossed my mind at all. Obviously, we've talked about the match, but it was all very relaxed. All that mattered was to win the championship, regardless of the opposition.