Bayern Munich president tips Benjamin Pavard for great things

President Uli Hoeness has high hopes for Benjamin Pavard, who he believes will prove himself as one Bayern Munich’s best signings.

Pavard was one of the six new players to arrive at Bayern in the summer having completed a €35m transfer from VfB Stuggart.

Interest had been high in Pavard following his impressive performances for France in their triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign at Russia. However, Bayern were always clear favourites to sign him.

Joining the 23-year-old in Munich were compatriots Lucas Hernandez and Mickael Cuisance along with Fiete Arp, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic.

And Pavard has quickly settled into Niko Kovac’s line-up this season after starting in all seven of Bayern’s games. The head coach has also made good use of the defender’s versatility having used him as a full-back and centre-back.

But Hoeness is certain there is come from Pavard, and clearly has a lot of confidence in the club’s new signing.

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“After only a few weeks, he has shown that he will be one of the best transfers we have ever made,” Hoeness told Sport1.

“It does not matter to me what a player costs. It has always been clear to me that he will prove to be an outstanding transfer, especially as he has a wonderful character.”

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “Stay tuned, because this is only the beginning. I’m very happy with him and his development, and since he has been here, he has done well and behaved very professionally.”

Pavard will likely make the line-up again for Bayern’s trip 18th-placed side Paderborn next weekend for another Bundesliga match.

Following Saturday’s 4-0 win over FC Koln, Kovac’s side remain within two points of leaders RB Leipzig in second-place.

Benjamin Pavard, Bayern Munich
MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 21: Ivan Perisic of Bayern Munich celebrates with teammate Benjamin Pavard after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and 1. FC Koeln at Allianz Arena on September 21, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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