Stuttgart director: Pavard will not join Bayern Munich this month

Sporting director Michael Reschke insists that Benjamin Pavard will not be leaving VfB Stuttgart for Bayern Munich this month

The Bundesliga champions confirmed earlier this month that they had signed Pavard in a €35m deal from Stuttgart for the start of next season.

The 22-year-old defender played a big role in France’s 2018 World Cup victory last summer and has impressed over at Stuttgart since joining from Lille OSC for €5m in 2016.

French newspaper L’Equipe made a big claim earlier today in stating that Bayern were attempting to force through a move for Pavard before the end of this month’s transfer window.

The report claimed that the Bavarians were willing to offer an additional €10m to what they had originally agreed to pay on for Pavard this summer.

But, as far as Reschke is concerned, there is absolutely no chance that Pavard will end up at the Allianz Arena this month.

“Pavard will stay with us. An early transfer is not an issue at all,” Reschke told AZ.

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And it seems likely that Bayern won’t force through any move with manager Niko Kovac revealing in December that they do not need someone like Pavard.

“He is a very, very good player. He has his qualities,” said Kovac.

“However, we currently have three central defenders, we do not need a fourth, fifth or sixth. I do not think there will be any change in winter.”

And any chance of Stuttgart allowing the highly-rated Pavard to leave at such a key stage of their campaign is very unlikely as the club bid to avoid relegation.

After finishing last season seventh in the Bundesliga, Stuttgart find themselves down in 16th-place and in the relegation playoff spot.

Should they finish in that position, then the club will be required to face whoever finishes third in the Bundesliga 2 in a two-legged play-off tie for a place in next season’s top-tier division.

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