Germany manager Joachim Low insists Manuel Neuer can play at the top level for ‘a few more years’ despite the Bayern Munich goalkeeper turning 35 this weekend… with No 2 Marc-Andre ter Stegen waiting in the wings
- Joachim Low says Manuel Neuer can play at the top level for a few more years
- The goalkeeper is still Germany’s first choice despite turning 35 on Saturday
- The manager believes Neuer can retain the No 1 spot for the national side
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Bernd Leno are the second and third choices
Manuel Neuer can continue to play at the highest level for ‘a few more years’, according to Germany manager Joachim Low.
Neuer, who turned 35 on Saturday, has enjoyed over ten years as Germany’s No 1 goalkeeper and has had an extremely successful domestic career after joining Bayern Munich from Schalke in 2011.
Despite some believing his time as the national team’s first-choice ‘keeper is coming to an end, Low believes the shot-stopper can continue to deliver at the highest level.
Joachim Low (left) believes Manuel Neuer (right) can play at the highest level for a few more years
‘At the moment he makes a completely well-trained impression,’ Low said.
‘He’s turned 35, he’s had an incredible career so far. He is highly motivated, still has big goals, is hungry for titles, so I think he can play at this level for a few more years.’
Germany have reliable options behind Neuer with Marc-Andre ter Stegen serving as the No 2 for several years.
Neuer turned 35 on Saturday with many believing his time as No 1 is coming to an end
Barcelona shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is currenly Germany’s second choice
The Barcelona ‘keeper has had another strong season at the Nou Camp with 11 clean sheets in all competitions.
Arsenal’s Bernd Leno is the third-choice shot-stopper but has had a mixed season at the Emirates.
Neuer needs three more caps to reach a centry of international games for Germany after making his debut in 2009.
He picked up the Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets as Low’s side won the World Cup in 2014.
At Bayern, Neuer has kept 208 clean sheets in 424 games and helped the club win 24 trophies in 10 years.