Max Meyer targets Olympic glory with Germany

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Meyer, who made his senior debut for the German national side in 2014 at the age of 18, says he can't wait to meet 'other famous sports stars' within the tournament, adding that their Olympic games history carries extra weight on it.

"I can't wait, the anticipation is huge," Meyer told his club's website. "I would love to experience staying on the site to meet other sports people from different disciplines.

"We are traveling to Rio to come home with a medal. The last time Germany took part was in 1988. It was a long time ago, so I think that has lead to more people in Germany taking an interest in it."

The 20-year-old has also thanked his club for allowing him to be involved in the 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience despite the tournament being outside of the FIFA calendar.

"I am happy that the club didn't put any obstacles in the way. The management at Schalke said from the very beginning that it was up to me whether I wanted to take part in the Olympic Games or not," he added.

"I then spoke openly to them about my desire to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That is why I am very happy and thankful to FC Schalke 04."