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May 1, 2013

Moyes admires German Bundesliga

Everton manager David Moyes admitted he has a cast an envious eye at the Bundesliga as German football continues its rise in Europe.

But the 50-year-old reassured Everton fans he would not depart the Premier League for a German club anytime soon.

The Bundesliga has quickly become one of the most exciting leagues on the continent with the competition finding the right formula of ticket prices, stadium and youth production.

And with Borussia Dortmund through to this year's Champions League final, and newly crowned German champions Bayern Munich only one game away from joining their rivals in the showpiece event, the Bundesliga is attracting a wide range of fans.

"There have been a few different winners of the Bundesliga over recent years," Moyes told The Guardian. "I know this year Bayern have scaled it but last year Dortmund won it and it wasn't long ago Schalke won it and Bayer Leverkusen came close.

"Their youth teams and the way they develop players has been good … the Germans have been really good in the way they've got their league right."

In particular, Moyes believed the Bundesliga's ability to create a unique atmosphere was a lesson the Premier League would do well to learn from.

"When I've been to see games in Germany I've been amazed by the atmosphere. People talk about the atmosphere in the Premier League but over there it's incredible," he said.

"The stadiums are full, behind the scenes it works fantastically. The ticket prices aren't outrageous and nearly all the games are completely sold out. The big thing is that they're nearly all in terrific stadiums, too.

"Nearly every club has a modern, up-to-date stadium, whether it's a bowl or a square-sided one. They've really progressed since the World Cup in 2006.

"I think they're all important factors in modern life. If you want to go to the game now, you don't want to pay too much but you also want a good seat with an unrestricted view where you can see the pitch. Generally I think that's what they do over there."

But despite his glowing assessment, Moyes said he could not see himself taking control of a German club in the near future.

"It's not my main ambition," he said. "I've always said that I wouldn't have a problem managing abroad and would want that opportunity in time but it's not my main ambition or something I feel has to be done."

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