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Dale Jennings opens up about his failure at Bayern Munich as a teenager

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Dale Jennings' move to Bayern Munich back in 2011 caught everyone by surprise.

The 18-year-old English winer was snapped up the German giants from Tranmere Rovers after a recommendation from Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann.

Jennings had tormented the German midfielder during a game between Tranmere and Liverpool, with Bayern trusting Hamann's judgement.

Sadly, it didn't go to plan during Jennings' two years out in Germany.

He made just 36 appearances for Bayern's second team, scoring only one goal in the process.

Jennings then had failed spells at Barnsley and MK Dons, before taking a sabbatical from the game in 2016.

However, he's now made his comeback, signing for Runcorn Town in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

It's not the move people expected, but it's a huge step for a player who was hugely affected by family matters.

Now, Jennings has opened up about his ordeal and has offered a warning to any young English player looking to move abroad.

Jennings with Barnsley

"I tried to learn the language for about six months but I struggled," said Jennings, per BBC.

"I felt it was affecting my play as I was too worried about trying to learn to speak German rather than putting the performances in on the pitch.

"It got a bit too much for me and the club told me just to concentrate on my football."

Any young English player making the move abroad should listen to Jennings.

Jennings applauds the Barnsley fans

Learning the language is - of course - a crucial part of integration, but letting it impact your game will not end well.

However, it does appear as if English players are slowly beginning to make moves abroad and achieving success.

Jadon Sancho's time at Borussia Dortmund is far and away the best example, while Arsenal's Reiss Nelson is impressing on loan at Hoffenheim.

If any others want to make the daring switch to the Bundesliga, listening to Jennings' advice would be a good start.

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