Israeli Goalkeeper Daniel Peretz Joins the Squad
Bayern Munich's CEO, Jan-Christian Dreesen, emphasized that the acquisition of Israeli goalkeeper Daniel Peretz is a forward-looking investment, rather than a temporary solution to cover for Manuel Neuer's ongoing recovery, during a statement on Monday.
The club recently secured the signing of Daniel Peretz from Maccabi Tel Aviv on a five-year contract, marking a historic move as he becomes the first Israeli player to join Bayern Munich. The 23-year-old's arrival at the club heralds a significant step in diversifying their roster.
Manuel Neuer, the seasoned goalkeeper at 37, continues to recuperate from a leg fracture sustained while skiing in December. Although he has commenced individual training, his return to active play remains several weeks away. The summer departures of goalkeepers Yann Sommer and Alexander Nuebel led Bayern to enlist the services of 35-year-old Sven Ulreich for their initial two league fixtures, both of which resulted in victories.
Jan-Christian Dreesen spoke at a press conference, underlining the strategic nature of Peretz's signing. Dreesen stated, "Bringing in Peretz represents a long-term investment. At just 23 years of age, there's a significant age gap between him and Manuel Neuer. This age difference allows him to learn extensively from both Manuel and Sven."
Dreesen further elaborated on the rationale behind the five-year contract extended to Peretz, emphasizing the club's commitment to future planning. The CEO expressed confidence in Peretz's potential to make a lasting impact, citing the qualities of passion and energy essential for breaking through at a club of Bayern's stature.
Peretz's arrival holds a historical significance beyond his playing abilities, as he becomes the first Israeli player to join Bayern Munich. Dreesen acknowledged the special nature of this milestone, considering the club's historical ties to Jewish heritage. Kurt Landauer, a German Jew, served as a club president prior to World War Two. Despite facing Nazi persecution and forced emigration, he eventually returned to resume his role as club president in 1947.
Dreesen's sentiments reflected the club's core values, stressing that regardless of background or nationality, the ultimate focus remains on playing exceptional football. He also acknowledged that while the process took time, the signing of an Israeli player marks a significant stride forward, with hopes that Peretz will contribute to the club's success over an extended period.