U.S.-born Julian Green and Austria youth international Alessandro Schoepf have been praised as “huge talents” by Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer after they committed to professional deals.
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Green, 18, has scored 15 goals in 17 appearances for Bayern's reserves, who top the fourth-tier Bavarian Regional League, and has now committed his future to the club until 2017. Schoepf, meanwhile, has signed until 2016.
“Alessandro and Julian are two huge talents who have what it takes to make it in the professional game,” Sammer said on the club’s official website. “We’re delighted these junior internationals have committed to FC Bayern. In turn, the professional contracts are the reward for their ambition and excellent performances in our second team.”
Green was born in Tampa to an American father and a German mother and was recently labelled “a tremendous talent” by USMNT boss Juergen Klinsmann.
He has already represented Germany at under-19 level, but was invited to link up with Klinsmann’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria, despite currently being ineligible to play.
However, he told Bild: “I feel honoured by the USA invitation, but it came too early. I have not made my final decision on whether to play for Germany or USA yet. That issue is still not settled.”