Hasan Salihamidzic has overseen some huge signings in his time as Bayern Munich sporting director – Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane amongst them – however none have made fairly such a primary impression on the contract desk as Dayot Upamecano.
“After we sat in my workplace to signal the contract, Dayot put the pen to 1 facet and mentioned, ‘Proper, now I’ve signed the contract, I need to make slightly speech’,” Salihamidzic revealed at Upamecano’s official unveiling as a Bayern participant on 13 July.
“Then he defined how proud and blissful he’s to be at Bayern. I’ve by no means skilled something prefer it. We have been all actually stunned – by his command of German, too. It is precisely what we anticipate and wish from him. He must be loud together with his directions out from the again on the pitch.”
Upamecano switches to Bayern on the again of a formative stint at RB Leipzig, whom he joined from Purple Bull Salzburg in January 2017. The 22-year-old defender has gone on to make 112 Bundesliga appearances, together with 57 below new Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann. He was additionally a part of the Leipzig workforce that reached the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, and has earned three senior worldwide caps for France.
“Dayot would not want an extended transition interval,” Salihamidzic continued. “He is right here to ship good performances. He is robust within the deal with, powerful, has a great passing recreation and has the benefit of already understanding the pinnacle coach. He is aware of his management qualities can be referred to as on from the get-go.”
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Upamecano – who will put on the No.2 shirt at Bayern – is anticipated to make his debut within the document champions’ pre-season opener in opposition to Cologne on 17 July, forward of additional friendlies in opposition to Ajax, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Napoli.
Nagelsmann’s facet start their aggressive marketing campaign in opposition to fifth-tier Bremer within the DFB Cup first spherical (6 August), earlier than going through Gladbach away on Bundesliga Matchday 1 (13 August). Germany’s most profitable membership defend their DFL Supercup in opposition to DFB Cup holders Borussia Dortmund 4 days later.
Bayern are bidding for a record-extending tenth successive Bundesliga title, and thirty first general.