After his debut season at Bayern Munich, where he made two first-team appearances and spent a lot of the campaign with the membership’s reserve aspect in Germany’s third tier, Sarpreet Singh is taking what he describes because the ‘next step’ in his career. On a season-long mortgage at second tier aspect FC Nurnberg, the Indian-origin New Zealand midfielder is hoping to construct his case for a spot in Bayern’s principal squad.
“At Bayern, I was looked after very well. (But) I think it was important for me to get game time at a very high level. It was important not just to go anywhere but to a club that wants to play football the way I like,” Sarpreet, 21, mentioned in a video interplay with Indian journalists on Wednesday.
“The second division is a very competitive league; anyone can beat anyone on any given day. It’s very physical and very intense. It’s important for us to do that as well but I think we have the quality to try and play football and we have a lot of good players.”
Nurnberg last performed within the Bundesliga in 2018-19 and are hoping to return to the top-flight once more. It is a membership that may provide Sarpreet extra minutes on the pitch than Bayern did last season in what was a treble-winning campaign for the Bavarians. And Sarpreet is eager on benefiting from this chance.
“Bayern won everything last season, so everyone in the squad is arguably up there with the best in the world individually, and collectively they are (the best). For me, it was a great experience in my first year to learn from the best players,” Sarpreet mentioned.
“But it was important for me to take the next step. It’s nice being there amongst all the players but if you’re going to get limited game time, it’s not something you want do. The coaches and everyone agreed that this was the right next step for me,” added the previous Wellington Phoenix player.
“It was important that I don’t just go anywhere and that I remain under Bayern’s watch; you know, it’s literally one hour’s drive from here. So whenever they want to see me or talk to me, they can. I came here to play and be the best player that I can possibly be and improve areas of my game so that I can go back to Bayern being a better player. So that’s my task.”
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, to folks hailing from Punjab, Sarpreet moved to Bayern after impressing the membership’s scouts whereas representing New Zealand on the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He had additionally appeared for the nation on the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, held in India. He has six worldwide caps for New Zealand to this point and was a part of the staff that visited India for the 2018 Intercontinental Cup, an invitational match held in Mumbai.
Describing his Indian roots, Sarpreet mentioned, “Both my parents were born in Punjab. I have been there a couple of times when I was younger and I went a few years back for some football to India as well. We are like a typical Punjabi family. It’s been my lifestyle growing up. Even though I was raised in New Zealand, we still live like a Punjabi family.”