Sebastian Rode: Bayern Munich told me to stay despite summer offers

Sebastian Rode has told kicker that he turned down interest from Tottenham, Schalke, Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen after being told he was still needed at Bayern Munich.

Rode, 24, joined Bayern on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer and made 34 appearances for the Bundesliga champions in his debut season, but started just 10 of those.

The holding midfielder was not selected in Pep Guardiola's matchday squads for the first two league games of the new campaign, and was limited to an eight-minute cameo in Bayern's 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

But despite links to a number of clubs during the summer transfer window, Rode was convinced by Bayern to stay at the Allianz Arena despite major competition for places.

"It's a nice thing to take notice of and shows the appreciation from other clubs," Rode said. "And, of course, you consider offers, especially when you fail to make the matchday squad for the season opener, and don't get any playing time in the second match of the season.

"But I was told that I am needed here, and that I should stay. I've quickly accepted it."

Rode, one of only a handful of uncapped players in Bayern's squad, has not given up hope that he can turn around his situation, and vowed to give his all for the Bundesliga champions.

"The situation's not easy," he added. "But it's not my nature to lament. You have to continue to step on the gas in training -- there's no other way."