Sarpreet Singh, second from left, celebrates with his Bayern Munich team-mates after winning the Bundesliga title.
New Zealand football star Sarpreet Singh is open to a loan move away from Bayern Munich next season, believing it could help his long-term development after playing a limited role during the German club’s record-breaking Bundesliga campaign.
The All Whites midfielder made just two appearances during a whirlwind first season in Europe, playing eight minutes off the bench against Werder Bremen in December before earning his first start against SC Freiburg in June.
But after being omitted from Bayern’s 25-man Champions League squad this week, Singh appears to have played his final game of the extended 2019-20 season.
Sarpreet Singh (No 28) fired off a fierce shot early in his first Bundesliga start for Bayern Munich.
He said he would speak with coach Hansi Flick in the coming weeks before weighing up his next move; whether to stay with Bayern and fight for first team opportunities, or go out on loan and play a bigger role with another European club next season.
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“Both possibilities are really good and I’m in a position where whatever one I decide it’s a good decision,” Singh said.
“That’s something I have to assess in the coming weeks I guess and I will speak with the coach and see what he really thinks is the best for me.
“For me it could be a really good option to get minutes at a high level, but at the same time doing what I did this year and maybe even better by taking another step up could also benefit me.
“Nothing has been decided on what’s going to happen but I’m open to all possibilities.”
Bayern finished 13 points clear of rivals Borussia Dortmund to secure a record eighth-consecutive league title, and Singh said that triumph along with his debut and starting debut were the biggest highlights from his first season with the club.
“The moment that really stands out for me is making my debut against Werder Bremen, I think last year it was,” he said.
“That is something that will stick with me forever. To make my debut for this club is truly special and something I will remember forever.
“As well as my starting debut, I think that was always the next step and what I was trying to work towards so it was really nice. I thought I was doing good in training and the coach decided to reward me.
“To get my starting debut for a club like this means a lot to me.
“But also success, everyone here wins titles and championships and to be part of a team that wins something is truly amazing and there’s no better feeling than winning because it’s why we play.”
After a run of consecutive bench appearances, Singh said he was delighted to finally make his starting debut for Bayern in a 3-1 win over Freiburg in their penultimate game of the Bundesliga season.
Although he felt nervous in the warm-up, Singh’s high-profile team-mates helped him settle into the match and he said he was pleased with his overall performance.
“[Robert] Lewandowski was talking to me in the warm-up and he was like ‘I’ll come over to your side at the start to help you get into the game’. He was in the left pocket and it was really nice just to have someone like that say something like that and just help you get into the game.
“I just played simple when I first got on the ball and tried to work as hard as possible. I felt very comfortable out there.”