Goretzka accepts vitriol from Schalke fans after Bayern move

Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka accepted a rough ride from fans after confirming he would join Bayern Munich at the end of this season.

Goretzka accepts vitriol from Schalke fans after Bayern move

Leon Goretzka understands why Schalke fans turned on him after his impending move to Bayern Munich was confirmed.

Germany midfielder Goretzka will join Bundesliga champions Bayern when his contract expires at the end of this season, having finalised a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena last week.

Fans at the Veltins Arena did not take kindly to their hero's widely anticipated defection and unveiled banners to fiercely criticise the 22-year-old ahead of the 1-1 draw against Hannover.

Hannover's Julian Korb (L) and Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Hannover 96 in Gelsenkirchen

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One read: "Neither money nor trophies are worth more than our club. The one who does not appreciate that can f*** off immediately."

Goretzka was booed when he was substituted after 63 minutes and told Sky: "When your own fans are whistling against you it always hurts. But I expected the whistles and I can understand them partially. 

"These days have been the most difficult of my career. It was a special situation for me. I'm glad that the atmosphere remained positive overall. The boos hurt, of course."

He added: "I thought so long about my decision. It was a long process. I listened to myself then decided where I wanted to go and where my goals are."