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Neuer: Great that he's here

Martinez’ first squad training session

Rain has been a big feature of Javi Martinez’ first two days in Munich. It poured down on his debut workout on Thursday, and the heavens opened again for his first squad training session on Friday, with a real feel of the chilly north European autumn in the air. The weather was cool – but the reception for the Spanish superstar from Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and company was warm and welcoming.

“I've seen a bit of him in the past, and I reckon he's a very good footballer," declared club captain Lahm. Keeper Neuer agrees: “It's great that he's here." Boss Jupp Heynckes introduced the newcomer from Athletic Bilbao to his new team-mates prior to Friday's workout. “Then he went out and played football. He fitted in straightaway," reported Lahm, “my initial impression is that he’s quality."

However, the Spaniard’s first practice match in Bayern colours ended in a defeat, as keeper Neuer reported with a grin. “But he threw himself into it and won a lot of balls in the air," the Germany international said. “He was very good, he's still very young, and he’s starting out on a great career." Lahm is equally convinced “that he'll help us a lot."