Langerak determined to be Dortmund No.1

Borussia Dortmund’s Australian back-up goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak says he is determined to become the club’s number one, however long it takes.

Langerak is in the mix to be the Socceroos number one in Brazil but is currently second choice to 33-year-old Germany international Roman Weidenfeller at the Bundesliga giants.

The situation has left Langerak, who will be 26 in August, short on game-time having made only 16 appearances for the club since arriving in 2010.

However, Langerak told Spox he was committed to becoming Dortmund’s number one and wasn’t looking at moving elsewhere in the short or long term.

“I want to be Dortmund’s number one, there’s no question about that. That’s the goal,” said Langerak, whose BVB contract expires in 2016.

“I work towards the fact that one day I’m convinced the coach will have faith in me in goal.

“Whether that will be in five days or five weeks or, to exaggerate, in five years - it's only because of me.”

He continued: “A goalkeeper has to wait and be patient… so I continue to wait for my chance and try to become a better and better goalkeeper and to develop myself in all respects.

“It was perfectly clear to me that it wasn’t going to be easy at Dortmund so it is no more difficult for me now, than when I started here.

“I have totally accepted the situation and it will remain so. I'm really happy at Borussia Dortmund as a number two.”

The 25-year-old shot-stopper has made seven appearances in all competitions this season, stepping in when Weidenfeller has been injured or in cup games.

Langerak is realistic about the regularity of opportunities at a club like Dortmund for an up-and-coming keeper.

“This, of course, is not always easy because you always want to play as a footballer,” he said.

“But that’s the fate of a goalkeeper. A striker who doesn’t start, can then get substituted on in the final 10 minutes. He gets reasonably regular games.

“But I am satisfied with my opportunities, with the seven competitive games this season.”

Following Mark Schwarzer’s retirement, Langerak had been handed starts by the since-departed Holger Osieck in friendlies against France and Canada.

Mat Ryan was preferred over Langerak in Ange Postecoglou’s first game in charge of the Socceroos, a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in November.

But the Dortmund man said he had no idea who would be Postecoglou’s preferred number one in Brazil.

“(Ange and I) have not talked a lot, given I’ve just had one game under him,” Langerak said

“That is fine, even though I would have liked to have played. I certainly hope by the World Cup that I will be number one.”