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Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno: I model myself on Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer

Bundesliga: VfB Stuttgart, Bernd Leno (Getty Images)

Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno has said that he models his game on Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer.Leno joined Robin Dutt's team on loan from Stuttgart in the summer and has impressed with his performances, earning a call-up to the Germany Under-21 side.Speaking to the official German association website, the 19-year-old was asked who his goalkeeping influences are - and he was in no doubt."For me, it is Manuel Neuer. He is a complete keeper who controls everything. He catches everything securely and is great on the line. I model myself on him."Leno also said that he was pleased with the progress he has made in his career so far, and revealed that he has already learned valuable lessons in his short time with the BayArena side."It was a great experience to win the [2009] Under-17 European Championship, and I have learned that as a substitute one should be patient. Sometimes it takes time to reach a goal."That wait has paid off. Now I play in the Champions League. There, you notice a difference to the Bundesliga. Teams like Chelsea or Valencia take advantage of every mistake."