Defender of France and Bayern Munich Benjamin Pavard admits he would consider joining his friend Olivier Giroud at Milan: “Serie A is an interesting league.”
The 26-year-old gave an interview to La Gazzetta Dello Sport ahead of joining the France squad in Doha, where the reigning World Cup champions will prepare for Qatar 2022.
“I never thought I could win a World Cup, it was a childhood dream. It would have been enough to play 30 seconds, but I started and scored the best goal. I didn’t haven’t changed, glory and money are not the priority, I play to win and improve,” said the France international, who was part of the squad that won the World Cup a year ago. four years.
“Nothing is impossible, we are going to the World Cup to win it again, otherwise it is better to stay home. There have been a few injuries, it is not ideal, but the environment is positive. We have to focus on the target, there are no easy games, but we want to repeat the emotions of 2018.”
Pavard’s contract at the Allianz Arena expires in 2024 and the defender looks set to move to Serie A.
“I’ve been playing in Germany for seven years, I have a lot of friends in Stuttgart and I’ve won everything with Bayern. I play to win and I’m ready to consider new projects as a centre-back,” he said.
“Olivier [Giroud] always tells me that Italy is a country that lives 100% for football. He told me about the magic of the derby and the great celebrations of Milan’s title victory. I would like to play with him because he is a good friend of mine, let’s see.
“It’s never easy to win, but Serie A is very interesting, not just for a defender like me. It’s very open because my friends Giroud, Theo Hernandez and Adrien Rabiot always told me.
“Just look at the duel between Napoli and Milan. It was not easy to face Inter in the Champions League and Ivan Perisic [L’Inter] been talking about it for a long time. Juventus are rebuilding, and they will soon return to their standards in Europe.
Pavard would be happy to go to Italy, also because some of his idols have played in Serie A, including Lilian Thuram: “a central defender for his club and a right-back for the national team.
“I like Thiago Silva, who is still on top despite his age. I have always admired Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta and Giorgio Chiellini“, the 26-year-old continued.
“I always watch them on YouTube, there’s always something to learn from them.”
Roberto Mancini’s Italy will not take part in the World Cup, after being eliminated in the semi-finals of the playoffs against North Macedonia.
“It was a surprise, I would have preferred to see them in Qatar because it’s a great team, with young and talented players. I’m sure you’ll be back at the top soon.
Theo Hernandez, Rabiot and Giroud are also part of the France squad for Qatar 2022, while Paul Pogba and Mike Mainnan were not called up due to injuries.
The Blues make their 2022 World Cup debut against Australia on Tuesday, November 22.
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