Neuer talks up Bayern hunger

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer says he is still hungry for success with both Bayern Munich and Germany, and says he will only hang up his gloves when he is no longer needed.

The Germany keeper continues to be a key figure at the Allianz Arena, although injuries over recent seasons have limited his appearances for the Bundesliga champions.

At the age of 33, Neuer says he is determined to keep going at Bayern and feels he still has the hunger to drive up standards with the Bavarian giants as well as with the national side.

He told Welt am Sonntag: “When you are no longer needed and you feel it, it is difficult to get up and motivate each day. When your experience is needed and your players need you, that drives you on.

“I have the feeling that I am very much needed here in the national team and that everyone is happy that I’m here. It’s clear that I have to show it in my performance.”

He added: “[My longevity] is a result of my love for this sport. It excites me a lot when I’m on the pitch training or playing. It’s a great fulfilment for me. I’m 33 years old but when I’m on the pitch I always feel that I can improve on my goalkeeping.”

Despite the injuries over recent campaigns, Neuer remains the first-choice keeper for Germany manager Joachim Low and the shot-stopper will be hoping he can start for his country at the European Championships next year.