Stindl ready to fight for place

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Lars Stindl is settling in well with his new club and is ready to work hard to establish himself in the first team.

The 26-year-old was a vital part of Hannover 96's successful fight against relegation last season and has been credited in some quarters for almost singlehandedly keeping them in the Bundesliga.

"I had some great times in my five years at Hannover, but also some tough ones that we had to battle through, and that brought us closer together," he told the Bundesliga's official website.

"I'm here for a new challenge now, but I wasn't going to let my time at Hannover finish in relegation.

"Staying up was something I wanted so much, and I think the fans felt that, so the way they saw me off really made me happy. That doesn't happen too often in this business."

His performances earned admiring glances from clubs further up the table, and from abroad with Liverpool reportedly interested, but he ultimately made a summer move to Gladbach, who are competing in this season's Champions League.

Despite his performances last season and the reputation it earned him arriving at Gladbach, the club's head coach revealed recently that nothing was decided yet in terms of picking a first team and Stindl is happy to prove his worth to his new manager and teammates.

"People know that I can play in different positions, and that my favourite position is in the middle where I can best influence the game. I think our friendly matches have shown that," he added.

"But I'm also happy to to play a more defensive role, if required. The coach will decide things at the end of the day.

"We have a lot of players with fantastic quality in the squad who are knocking on the door to play. So I have to establish myself here first."