Bayern Munich midfielder Melanie Leupolz is not looking to transfer her captaincy to new club Chelsea when she officially makes the move to Kingsmeadow this summer.
The 26-year-old German international star has signed a pre-contract agreement with The Blues which will see her represent the South West Londoners for the next three years.
Leupolz will return to action with current club Bayern Munich this weekend as the FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga resumes following the Coronavirus pandemic. The competition’s return means that the midfielder will get the opportunity to potentially captain the German club in their final six matches of the season before leaving for England.
In an exclusive interview with FA Women’s Super League Full-Time, Leupolz told us that she is pleased to be back in action and that she is expecting a real challenge from third placed club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Grunwalder Stadion this weekend.
“I’m really happy that I have the chance to wear the Bayern Munich jersey again as well as playing with my team” said Leupolz. “We still have big goals this season and want to finish as well as possible.”
Looking forward to the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim fixture she added “It will be very interesting to see how both teams are prepared coming back from this interruption but I think we are really well prepared.
“Hoffenheim are always tough opponents, they have fast wide players and play a technical game in the centre.
“It will be an interesting match. In the reverse fixture we lost 1-0 but this time, we want to do better and take the three points that are really important for Bayern’s potential Champions League qualification.”
Bayern Munich trail FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg by eight points and while Jens Scheuer’s side still have to face the champions on home soil, midfielder Leupolz admits that she is unlikely to be leaving for England with another title winners’ medal in the bag.
“Of course it seems almost impossible but as long as there is a little chance, we will try everything” the midfielder said when discussing Bayern’s title prospects.
“Playing against them is always special because they are one of the best teams in Europe and are our biggest rivals in the Bundesliga.
“It’s always exciting and of course, we want to take some points out of that game.”
New club Chelsea are acquiring the services of a leader with Leupolz having enjoyed a period where she has captained the Bayern Munich side. Fans of The Blues might consider the player as a future Chelsea captain but this prospect is not at the forefront of Leupolz’s mind.
The German international said “I’m not challenging for the captain’s armband at Chelsea.
“I think it’s always an advantage if the captain is part of the team for a few years and knows all of the procedures and people in the club.
“Furthermore from an external view, I think Chelsea have a great captain and many leaders.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know them and maybe we can exchange our leading competences and learn from each other.”
Leupolz has spent the last six years with Bayern Munich after joining the club from Freiburg. When asked about her best memory from her time with the German giants, she admitted that there is one achievement which ranks above all others.
“A special moment was when we won the championship for the first time” the midfielder said. “No one was really expecting it before the season started but we had a great team and many things worked perfectly for us during the season.
“Also, many women’s soccer fans were cheering for us, simply because it was not Wolfsburg winning the championship again.
“We had a great party with our men’s team together and the whole club showed us great appreciation.”
Leupolz’s latest appearance for Bayern Munich against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga kicks-off at midday (BST) on Saturday. The fixture is being broadcast live by BBC Alba.