Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

THE MAX FACTOR; Why New Signing Prefers the Boro to the Bundesliga: Riverside Is the Only Place for Max

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

THE MAX FACTOR; Why New Signing Prefers the Boro to the Bundesliga: Riverside Is the Only Place for Max

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

NEW boy Maxi Haas admitted today that he preferred the Boro to the Bundesliga. The 25-year-old former Bayern Munich defender fancies the challenge on Teesside more than the option of trying to break through in his home country of Germany. Haas, who has signed an 18-month contract at the Riverside, said: "I had offers from the Bundesliga, but when I discovered that Boro wanted me, this was the only place for me. "I love English football. I knew all about Boro and the club's history. "The Premier League is the best league in the world and my dream is to play there with Boro. "I hope that I can help Boro to reach the Premier League during my contract here." He added: "This is a new experience for me and I know that things will be different, but I feel that I will be happy here. "Everybody has been very friendly to me. It's like one big family here. "I can always go back to Germany but I want to be a success in England and make my career here." Haas has left behind one of the biggest clubs in the world to link up with Boro. He was captain of the second team at Bayern, still awaiting his Bundesliga breakthrough, but this season was training with the German club's senior squad and was considered fourth centre-back in line. At Boro he will be expected to put the pressure immediately on current first team duo Seb Hines and Matthew Bates. Haas said: "It's a big challenge for me but I believe it was the right thing for me to do. "I think my style of football will suit the English game. "I like to make tackles, and I like to make headers." Haas has already been welcomed into the Boro dressing room and admits he has been surprised by the quality of the facilities at the training headquarters. He said: "My impressions of the club are amazing. "It's totally different from Munich. Our training centre here is so big. It's huge. "It's bigger than in Germany but it's different." Haas revealed that he had never previously been to England, before stepping foot off the plane to join up with Boro. …

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