By Francois Duchateau
Marco Reus has spoken of his pride at being named the Bundesliga's highest-ranked representative in the Goal.com 50, but accepts that he now has an added responsibility.
The Germany international enjoyed a fantastic season for Borussia Monchengladbach, firing Die Fohlen to an unlikely fourth-placed finish and scoring 18 goals in the process.
His displays were rewarded with a move to Borussia Dortmund, along with a ranking of 22nd in Goal.com's annual countdown of the top talents in football, and Reus is aware that he is now obliged to keep performing.
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"It's up to me to follow up my successful season with Monchengladbach with some very good performances for Borussia Dortmund. I believe I can meet the high expectations.
"Personally, I want to develop at Dortmund and bring my skills to the team to help them be successful. Finally, I would like to bring my performances at club level to the German national team."
Despite winning a domestic double in 2011-12, Borussia Dortmund floundered in the Champions League, as they were eliminated at the group stage of the competition.
Subsequently, while Reus believes that Jurgen Klopp's side must maintain their grip on the Bundesliga, they must also make an impression on the European stage.
"I want to play my part in helping Borussia Dortmund reach their goals domestically and in Europe," he explained.
"Having just won the double, we'll be the team to beat in the Bundesliga, and we want to do better in the Champions League than we did in the first season.
"The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the Europe - a German club got to the Champions League final, and two others made it to the Europa League quarter-finals.
"Our team has learned from the experience of last year and are more mature now."
One of the key factors behind Dortmund's revival in recent years has been the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, and Reus went on to admit that he is enjoying training under the 45-year-old.
"It's a lot of fun to train under Jurgen Klopp. He's a great motivator and a good guy. He speaks with a lot of players. The training varies and is very challenging. I am just happy to be home and playing with BVB."
The attacker was one of the brighter performers in the Germany team that made it to the Euro 2012 semi-finals, and although he is not a starter in Joachim Low's side, Reus is eager to take the next stop at international level.
"I want to be an integral part of the team and play as many matches as possible. But the basis for this will be in the Bundesliga and Champions League with Borussia Dortmund.
"We want to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, and we have to make that happen."
Reus spent 10 years at BVB as a youth player, but left the club in 2006 for Rot Weiss Ahlen. He moved to Gladbach in 2009, and his summer move back to Signal Iduna Park was confirmed in January.