Neuer relishing Schalke clash

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Neuer: Looking forward to returning to his old club Schalke this weekend

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says that he is looking forward to playing against his old club Schalke in the Bundesliga on Sunday and reveals that he left the Royal Blues "to earn money".

The Germany international joined Bayern from Schalke under controversial circumstances in the summer after inspiring them to the German Cup triumph and to the Champions League semi-finals last season.

Since then Neuer has played once in Gelsenkirchen when he featured for the Germany national team against Austria in a 6-2 Euro 2012 qualifier victory on 2nd September.

However, the 25-year-old is bracing himself for a hostile reception by the Schalke fans this weekend but is hopeful that there will be some who will "applaud" him.

"I am looking forward to going back to Schalke and to see many colleagues and reunite with some old friends," said Neuer. "It will be an interesting game for me.

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"With the national team I had a warm reception but the typical Schalke fan is not a fan of the national side and I don't expect the same response.

"However, I do think a few fans will applaud me when I come out on the pitch. Some people will understand my decision, it is my job and I left to earn money."

Jupp Heynckes' Bayern are currently in pole position in the Bundesliga table with 12 points from five matches and are level with Werder Bremen. Schalke are three points behind the Bavarian giants in sixth.