French defender Benjamin Pavard is keen to prove doubters wrong once he officially joins Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
After months of uncertainty, the 22-year-old’s future destination was finally confirmed in January when Bayern announced they had signed Pavard in a €35m deal from VfB Stuggart for the start of next season.
Interest had been high in Pavard following his impressive performances for France in their triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign at Russia and a move to Bayern had always seemed likely.
Upon finally having everything out in the open, a determined Pavard is determined to prove that he can handle the pressure of playing for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“I’ve always believed in myself,” Pavard told TF1.
“It’s not that I have a big head, it’s that I have confidence in myself. I don’t look at the comments. I play my football, I always give everything.
“I will prove to them that there is no reason to doubt me.”
The Stuggart defender hopes to see his France teammates Lucas Hernandez and Florian Thauvin join him at the Allianz Arena for next season as well.
Lucas, in particular, has been strongly linked with a sensational €80m transfer from Atletico Madrid to Bayern since the January transfer window and recently refused to rule out a departure from the Wanda Metropolitano.
“They are friends. I’m very close to them, so it would make me very happy,” said Pavard on Lucas and Thauvin.
“And if the club was to ask me questions about them, I would tell them good things.”
Pavard has made 19 appearances this season for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga this season.
Meanwhile, Bayern secured a 5-1 win over fourth-place Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday night to move level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.