Bayern Munich chiefs talk up Alphonso Davies’ potential

MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: FC Bayern Muenchen player Alphonso Davies arrives with Corentin Tolisso for the FC Bayern Muenchen Annual General Assembly at Audi-Dome on November 30, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Teenage star Alphonso Davies can become a huge hit over the years, says Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic

The Bundesliga champions have signed the 18-year-old Canadian from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC for €11.5m.

Real Madrid and Manchester United were also understood to have been interested in landing the highly-rated Davies before Bayern beat them to it.

After completing the 2018 MLS season with Vancouver, Davies joined up with his new teammates in November for training and became an official Bayern player on New Year’s Day.

Speaking on the teenager, Hoeness and Salihamidzic revealed their excitement over his potential.

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“I have never seen him play. But I’ve heard he will be a bomb. That’s where I trust my sporting director [Salihamidzic],” Hoeness told Bild.

Salihamidzic added: “He is a great talent. Alphonso is a super boy, a super character. He is hungry and wants to show what he can do.

“We will take care of Alphonso, and not build hype around him. It is very important that he can quietly establish himself and get used to the Bundesliga. If we give him enough time, he has a lot of potential to do a great job here.”

Since debuting at the age of 15 for Vancouver, Davies managed 12 goals and 14 assists in 81 appearances across all competitions.

The new Bayern player made his debut for Canada in June 2017 at 16 years old in a friendly against Curacao and has since gone on to make a further eight appearances at international level with three goals and four assists provided.