Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Benjamin Pavard has the potential to become “one of the best right-backs in the world”.
Pavard had a strong season last term, after moving to Bayern from VfB Stuttgart, but the Frenchman has struggled to replicate his form this time around.
He has been plagued with injuries and has started only nine Bundesliga games this season. Lack of playing time has also seen him fall down the pecking order behind Niklas Sule and Bouna Sarr.
However, Rummenigge has leapt to the 24-year-old’s defence, insisting that Pavard has the necessary potential to reach great heights.
Speaking to Welt, he said, “Benji is a great player who can get much better.
“He’s a fantastic defender and absolutely capable of becoming one of the best right-backs in the world. It is up to him to motivate himself so that he can do it.”
Bayern have plenty of options to pick from for the right-back position. But if Pavard manages to find a way out of his current slump, the position will be his.
Rummenigge isn’t the only one who has heaped praises on Pavard. Former Bayern president Uli Hoeneß also claimed last year that the French defender ‘will prove one of the German champions’ best ever acquisitions’.
“He has already shown after a few weeks that he will be one of the best transfers that we’ve ever made,” Hoeneß told German TV channel Sport1 in September ’19.
“For me, what a player costs isn’t what matters. It was clear to me that he could be an outstanding signing – particularly because of his great character.”