One of the Bayern Munich midfielders has ruled out the option of a summer exit and will continue fighting for his place.
Bayern Munich signed Marc Roca from Espanyol last summer as they beat competition from Real Madrid. The Spaniard’s first season at the Allianz Arena has limited him to the role of an outcast. While the Bavarian side’s premature elimination from the DFB Pokal and a slow start to the Bundesliga are responsible for it, the immense competition has played a role.
Hansi Flick has been able to call upon the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso to be deputized as midfielders, and the world-class performances put in by each of them have made them effectively indispensable from the roster. With that said, there have been a lot of doubts raised over Roca’s future in Germany.
Roca has played less than 600 minutes in all competitions this season and is yet to contribute an assist or goal. While Bayern Munich see the 24-year-old as an option for the longer run, his immediate future has been questioned and there has been murmur of a probable loan move in the summer to allow the player in finding his feet.
However, Christian Wein, the Spaniard’s agent has poured water over any such talks, in an interview with Goal. While speaking to the publication, he said:
Of course every player wants a lot of match practice, but you have to consider that Marc only came to Munich in October. It would be crazy and unprofessional to discuss a loan right now. Marc has a long-term contract with FC Bayern. And is apart from that, not a guy who throws in the towel after just five months.
As correctly pointed out by his agent, Marc Roca made a rather late arrival into Munich, towards the end of last summer’s extended transfer window. He missed any pre-season training and was not on the receiving end of experimental training sessions with his teammates, which largely influences his involvement, or the lack of it in all honesty.
The midfielder’s situation has taken a turn southward due to his side’s lacklustre start in domestic competitions. A lot of European giants were busy until late August with Champions League commitments last year and were unable to start the ongoing campaign at a quick pace, not least Bayern, who won the European Cup on August 23.
In the 2021/22 season, opportunities will come calling for Marc Roca as his quality is there to see. As David Alaba and perhaps even Javi Martinez leave the Bundesliga champions, Flick is likely to be short on second-choice resources. In addition to that, pre-season training and a less busy schedule will help his cause, so Roca’s decision to stay may be a fruitful one.