Munich - Off the Ball,'s weekday feature, casts an eye over some of the offbeat and occasionally controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight.

Today we take look at FC Bayern München's plans to invest heavily in their youth system, check in with Borussia Dortmund's Serbian signing and focus on a youngster who has found himself between stars.

A well-oiled machine with a fantastic production line, FC Bayern's academy has produced enviable talents over the years, including superstars Bastian Schweinsteiger and more recently Thomas Müller, but they aren't about to rest on their laurels. "We'd prefer to invest more in our academy than new players," said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who will oversee the construction of a new training centre just six kilometres from the Allianz Arena, which will serve as the new base for both the youth and female teams.

In an interview with BILD, Borussia Dortmund's new signing Milos Jojic revealed that former BVB midfielder Miroslav Stevic played his part in convincing him to move to Westphalia. Stevic talked up the illustrious Yellow Wall, telling Jojic that "the atmosphere is second to none", and the 21-year-old is eagerly anticipating stepping onto the hallowed turf. "I know that Dortmund have the best fans in Germany," explained the youngster, affectionately known as 'The Rabbit'. "I can't wait to take to the pitch here."

It is hard to imagine what the life of a football player entails, but for some professionals the surreality of the situation takes time to wear off. That's certainly the case for FC Schalke 04's rising-star who admitted to BILD that "I sometimes have to pinch myself". Not surprising considering few 18-year-olds can say that they "play inbetween" the likes of and , let alone in the starting line-up of a top-flight side. Don't worry Max, you're not dreaming!