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By ESPN Staff
Sep 6, 2008

Oddo: I have joined one of the best in Europe

MUNICH, September 6 (Bundesliga) - Bayern Munich new boy Massimo Oddo believes he has joined one of the "five or six best clubs in Europe".

The Italian World Cup winner joined the German champions last week on loan from AC Milan until the end of the season after turning down the chance to link up with compatriot Fabio Grosso at Lyon.

Oddo revealed he was within hours of agreeing a move to French champions Lyon before hearing of Bayern's interest.

"The call from Bayern changed everything," Oddo told Sport Bild magazine. "With all respect to Lyon, Bayern are Bayern.

"The club belong to the five or six best clubs in Europe and have a great tradition of winning titles.

"The Bundesliga is also more attractive than the French league and I can also reveal that Bayern wanted me at the end of last season, but I wanted to fight for a place with AC Milan."

Oddo revealed it took just a phone call from Italy international team-mate Luca Toni to convince him to join Bayern.

He added: "Luca was the first to call me. He said 'You know, Bayern have asked me if you would come to Munich.' Obviously, I was pleased about that.

"Then (Bayern chairman) Mr (Karl-Heinz) Rummenigge and (coach) Mr (Jurgen) Klinsmann called me and I knew it was serious."

Oddo's place in the Rossoneri side came under threat this summer when the Italian club signed Gianluca Zambrotta from Barcelona.

Although Serginho and Cafu both left the San Siro, Oddo felt he had lost the faith of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

He added: "You need to feel faith in football and as soon as Milan signed Zambrotta, it got me thinking.

"I had no fear of the competition because I certainly don't think I am any worse than Zambrotta, but the decisive thing was I no longer felt I had the faith of the coach.

"That is why I went to the club and said I felt underestimated and wanted to leave.

"I wanted to join a club on the same level as Milan, and I have found that in Bayern."

After only two training sessions, Oddo made his debut in Oliver Kahn's testimonial last Tuesday and he should make his Bundesliga debut next Saturday at Cologne.

His aim over the next nine months will be to convince Bayern to make his move a permanent one.

His contract with Milan runs until 2011, but Bayern have the option of signing him next summer at the end of his loan spell.

"I want Bayern to take that option - I will do everything to get a contract with Bayern," said the 32-year-old.

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