Marco Reus does not regret rejecting Bayern Munich in favour of Borussia Dortmund move

Marco Reus (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Marco Reus (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

Marco Reus could have joined Bayern Munich in 2012, but he chose Borussia Dortmund and has no regrets over his decision.

Marco Reus grew up supporting Borussia Dortmund and was part of the club’s youth academy before leaving to join Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2009. After enjoying an impressive breakthrough with the Foals, Reus found himself attracting the interest of both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Despite a conversation with Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes, the forward made the decision to join Borussia Dortmund, and has been with the Black and Yellows since his 2012 move. Reus has now revealed just how close he was to joining Bayern Munich before his move to the Westfalenstadion. Speaking to Sky as part of their ‘My Story – the life of..’ series, the Borussia Dortmund captain said:

"“Bayern wanted to sign me. I also spoke to Jupp Heynckes. He is an experienced trainer who has gained a lot of experience. I wanted to know from him where I can improve. But he couldn’t convince me to join.”"

When asked if he ever regretted his decision to choose Borussia Dortmund over Bayern Munich, Reus said, “No! Not a second.”

The 31 year old was also asked about his plans after he hangs up his boots, and said that he cannot imagine himself being a trainer (head coach).

"“I haven’t thought about that yet. I set up a foundation during the Corona period. I would like to give more back to people. I can’t imagine myself as a trainer in the top division.”"

Reus has had to endure a number of injuries over the years, but none more heartbreaking than ankle injury which saw him miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was won by Germany. The German international also gave an insight into that experience.

"“We went to the hospital in Mainz. I noticed that something was wrong. Then we did the MRT – and then it was clear that the syndesmosis was broken. At that moment I had no strength to be angry. To be ripped out like that is really hard.”"

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Reus also said that he has everything that he needs to be happy at Borussia Dortmund. He wants to lead the Black and Yellows to the Bundesliga title, and end his career with his hometown club.