Bayern Munich: Marc Roca relishing the chance of playing in Bundesliga

Marc Roca in action for FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Marc Roca in action for FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Marc Roca is excited about the opportunity to play in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich made changes to the midfield department during the summer transfer window. The German Champions were forced to part ways with Thiago Alcantara after a phenomenal season since he was entering the final year of his contract, and he wanted to experience a new adventure.

Thiago was at the club for the majority of the summer before Liverpool finally reached an agreement over transfer just before the start of the Bundesliga. The Spanish midfielder left a huge void in the squad since he played a big role in the treble-winning campaign.

Along with Thiago, Mickael Cuisance also left Bavaria in summer. He had agreed to a permanent move to Leeds United, but that transfer eventually collapsed. The Frenchman moved to Marseille on a one-year loan deal on the deadline day.

The German Champions decided to bolster the midfield by signing Marc Roca from Espanyol at the end of the transfer window. Speaking to this week, Roca admitted that he is living the dream of playing for a big club like Bayern. The Spaniard admitted that he has always adored Bundesliga.

"“It’s a league I’ve always liked a lot.”“It’s a league where all the teams try to play and dominate the game, and I like that a lot. It’s a style of play that I like. And in the Bundesliga the stadiums were always packed, now we have to wait a little while for that.”"

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Roca made his debut for Bayern last week in the DFB Pokal game against FC Duren. The Spaniard is yet to make his debut in the Bundesliga and Champions League as he was an unused substitute in Die Roten’s last two games.

The former Espanyol midfielder is not a similar midfielder to Thiago, but he can be moulded into a flexible midfielder that can operate as a defensive and central midfielder. He will also provide good cover for Joshua Kimmich in the center of the park. The European Champions were interested in signing Roca in 2019, but Espanyol demanded a much bigger fee at that time.

The 23-year-old midfielder also admitted that he looks up to players such as Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso. Roca will be able to learn in training from Martinez at Bayern since the veteran midfielder stayed in Munich despite heavily linked with a move away throughout the summer.

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Since it is going to be a long season with a congested schedule, Rekordmeister needed to bolster the midfield. Roca will provide quality and depth in this position. He will have enough time to adjust to a new country and league. The Bavarian faithful are likely to see more of Roca in the second half of the season.