Rensing steps out of shadows
Keeper ready to step into Kahn's boots
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: July 4, 2008 12:00pm
Rensing: Waited patiently
Bayern Munich keeper Michael Rensing is relishing the prospect of playing regular first-team football.
The 24-year-old has spent the last five years living in the shadow of Bayern legend Oliver Kahn but, with the veteran shot-stopper having retired in May, Rensing is ready to grasp his opportunity.
Having made only 23 Bundesliga appearances since signing for the club in 2003 Rensing has his sights set on domestic and international recognition.
"If you perform well as Bayern goalkeeper, you're bound to be in the frame for the national team," he said.
"But first of all, my focus is on Bayern, although obviously my dream is to play for Germany at some point.
"I've spent so long yearning for this moment, and it's arrived at last.
"This is a dream come true for me, that's why I'll be giving it even more effort than ever.
"Obviously there'll be more focus on me than before and a completely different season lies ahead for me personally.
"But in any case, I'm the most demanding critic of my own performances."
Incoming Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already assured Rensing that he will be his first-choice keeper for next season, with former international Hans-Jorg Butt acting as his back-up and mentor.
"Michael is undisputed No.1," said the former Germany boss.
"We're looking to help him develop, and we'll give him the time and the support he needs.
"He can become an outstanding goalkeeper, both here and internationally."