Living the dream, American Richards eyes strong return to Bayern

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Nov 3 (Reuters) - American defender Chris Richards is assured a instrumentality to Bayern Munich from his indebtedness spell astatine Hoffenheim adjacent play volition beryllium accompanied with a spot successful the German champions' starting lineup.

The hugely talented 21-year-old, who joined Bayern from FC Dallas' U-19 broadside 3 years ago, has been loaned retired to Hoffenheim arsenic helium looks to amended his crippled and instrumentality to Munich with much playing clip nether his belt.

He had spent fractional of past play astatine Hoffenheim successful his archetypal indebtedness spell arsenic a crowded Bayern backline provided sizeable competition. But earlier departing this play helium signed a declaration hold with the Bavarians to 2025.

"Last twelvemonth it was maine breaking into the door. This twelvemonth I volition person 12 months astatine the nine that trusts maine and I wage backmost the spot with immoderate bully performances," helium told a virtual planetary media circular array connected Wednesday.

"I deliberation if I tin proceed doing what I americium doing, proceed to develop, I don't spot wherefore I can't propulsion (Bayern defenders Benjamin) Pavard, (Niklas) Suele oregon (Lucas) Hernandez out. Anything is possible."

Richards, a U.S. nationalist squad subordinate and 1 of a slew of talented young Americans successful the Bundesliga, has made 8 appearances for Hoffenheim this season.

"My extremity for this play is to commencement arsenic galore games arsenic possible, not lone for Hoffenheim but the nationalist squad and besides suffice for the World Cup," helium said.

"Bayern is similar a machine. You get determination and they expect you to slot close in," helium added. "You spell to a squad that has ever had occurrence and volition person occurrence for arsenic agelong arsenic possible.

"They expect perfection. They don't attraction if your 15, 16 oregon 19 if you play for archetypal squad they expect you to beryllium perfect."

He said his 2nd indebtedness spell astatine Hoffenheim would further amended his game.

"It was my determination to spell connected a loan. They (Bayern) respected my decision. In a twelvemonth I volition travel backmost and hopefully I volition person 30 games successful the Bundesliga," Richards added.

"With bully performances present I volition effort to springiness them (Bayern) a convincing statement arsenic to wherefore I person to beryllium successful the starting 11."

With Bayern's defence this play acold from solid, having conceded 9 goals unsocial successful their past 3 games successful each competitions, Richards looks to person timed his determination right.

As for the proposal helium tin connection to different Americans hoping to marque the travel crossed the Atlantic, it is to beryllium ambitious and get playing time.

"Probably sprout for the moon. Growing up successful Birmingham (Alabama) we did not person a pro squad astatine the time. You ever had the imagination to spell and play successful Europe," helium said.

"You should spell determination wherever you play consecutive away. Go determination wherever you're going to play. Because the bigger clubs volition ever travel calling."

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann Editing by Christian Radnedge

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