If Christian Früchtl had any internal doubt regarding his loan move to FC Nürnberg, Bayern Munich starting goalkeeper Manuel Neuer probably helped alleviate those concerns. In an interview with Bild, Früchtl disclosed that he and Neuer have grown close over the years and that the 34-year-old encouraged Früchtl to make the move to Der Club. 

“Manu has always been my role model,” Früchtl said. “In the beginning I had a lot of respect and didn’t dare to say that much. We are now friends. Of course I learned a lot from him. For me he is the best goalkeeper in the world. He thinks my move to Nuremberg is good. It is the right step for me.” 

With that encouragement, Früchtl has ventured to Nürnberg where he will do battle with Christian Mathenia for the starting goalkeeper position.