Mario Gomez loves Spain and its people, says Bayern striker's Spanish cousin

The German international's Iberian relative has revealed that the leading Bundesliga goal scorer still has affection for the country where his father was born
Hermann Gomez, cousin of Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, has revealed that his footballing relative has a soft spot for Spain and Spanish people as the Bavarian giants prepare to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals.

The Bundesliga top scorer's grandparents left the country in the 1960's and immigrated to Germany. Some of the family remained, ensuring that Gomez's roots in the country remained intact.

"He's a conservative, as German as they come," declared Hermann to AS.

But he added: "Mario loves Spain and the Spanish people."

For the Gomez family there will be split loyalties ahead of Tuesday night's semifinal first leg clash between Bayern and Madrid, but Hermann hopes to get the best of both worlds.

"The ideal thing would be for Mario to score a lot of goals and for Madrid to win," he said. "Mario is confident. Madrid will suffer greatly. If Madrid get out of there alive, they will be ready for anything."

Finally, Hermann revealed that Gomez has committed his immediate future to the Allianz Arena.

"I do not know if this is out in the press yet, but he has renewed [his contract at Bayern] for another four years."

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