Benjamin Pavard, one of the break-out stars at Russia 2018, has secured a mouth-watering contract with Bayern Munich following his heroic exploits throughout the World Cup campaign with France and a classy strike that provided one of the best World Cup goals ever.
Pavard’s new contract with Bayern Munich has a €35m release clause, a favorable agreement which could see him move in the summer of 2019, or even sooner than that.
According to SWR, a German news outlet, the Bavarian giants have activated the clause and are ready to harness the defender’s abundant football skills.
The German newspapers adds that Bayern management has been impatient and may move for the France international footballer this summer.
Speaking about his future in an interview with Eurosport after France drubbed their Croatian counterparts 4-2 at the World Cup finals, Pavard said: ‘It’s too early to say – for now I’m a Stuttgart player – I don’t know where I will be in the future but I’m happy at Stuttgart.’
The former VfB Stuttgart defender plays as a center-back position but performs equally well when deployed as a right-back.
Pavard got his first international game in November 2017, having played for Ligue 1’s Lille OSC before moving to Stuttgart in 2016.
While Bayern Munich and Stuttgart are working out solutions for a smooth transfer, Michael Reschke (Sporting Director at Stuttgart) said he hopes to delay Pavard’s unexpected move after the young defender proved himself a talented footballer at the 2018 World Cup and greatly improved the club’s reputation.
‘We are ready to break the bank to have Pavard stay with us for one more year,’ Michael said.
Image shows Benjamin Pavard, second from left to right (front row)
Pavard, 22, must be relishing his pre-contract agreement together with the stunning volley in France’s 4-3 win against Argentina in the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, speculations about Neymar’s move to Real Madrid continue in the media but his teammate and World Cup winner, Kylian Mbappe, is considered untouchable at the moment.
However, Goal.com reported that Liverpool’s Fabinho, who played with the 19-year-old at Monaco, has taken the responsibility to initiate “informal” discussions and possibly lure Mbappe to the English Premier League.