Badstuber explains Bayern gesture

FC Schalke 04's on loan defender Holger Badstuber admitted he was grateful for the support he got from FC Bayern München fans when he came off in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Bavarians.

Badstuber joined the Royal Blues from Bayern on a six-month loan deal in order to obtain regular football and featured against the Bavarians before coming off in the second half.

As he left the pitch, he received a warm reception from home fans at the Allianz Arena. As such, the German international expressed his gratitude for the gesture.

He told the Bundesliga's official website: "It was special and an unfamiliar situation for me. I tried not to think about it too much so that I could focus on myself and the team, and deliver a good performance.

"I think it went really well for us. At the end of the day, it's only a football match. I want to play and always be in a position to do so. It's step-by-step for me after that. Obviously the love the fans have shown me in the past and today is nice. I don't expect it. I was very happy. It was a nice result for all concerned.

"The Bayern fans applauded me, and I know all about the rivalry. It was really special for me. It wasn't about the clubs, but rather the gesture made by the fans. I wanted to reciprocate."

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