Josip Stanisic has revealed that he was surprised by his loan transfer from Bayern to Bayer Leverkusen.
Stanisic, who developed in Bayern Munich’s youth team and made it to the first team, played 23 games for Bayern last season.
However, the club has decided to send him to another team for the current season to give him more playing opportunities. This has surprised Stanisic, although he understands Bayern’s reasons for this decision well.
Stanisic said: “I was a bit surprised. But I see it positively. If I had stayed at Bayern, I might not have played as much as I have here. I see it as an opportunity. I want to play as many games as possible and help the team. The clubs have agreed and it’s the right decision for me.
“I knew about my position in Munich and that it is always difficult to play there. That’s how it was during the pre-season.
Stanisic added: “I did my best and hoped for my chance. At some point it became clear that Noussair Mazraoui had established himself [at right-back]. I knew that if Benjamin Pavard stayed, it would be very difficult for me to get playing time.”
Thus, he added: “The talks with Leverkusen were very positive from the start and I was really ready for it. That’s how it went. It was a back and forth.
“Is Benji staying? Is he going? Am I staying? I was up in the air a little bit and I think it was the right decision because I have a great team here, a great coach and hopefully I’ll get a lot of playing time. I want to make the most of it.”