Youngster Tanguy Nianzou joined Spanish club Sevilla this summer for a sum of 16 million euros. The Frenchman could not get the desired playing time in Munich, so the move to Spain might have been the perfect move for him.
Nianzou joined Bayern from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in June 2020. Since then, the youngster had to go through a tough phase with two consecutive injuries ahead of him in his first season. In the second season, there was a rumored dissatisfaction shown by Nianzou, who wanted to play more under Julian Nagelsmann.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Nianzou expresses his unhappiness of having played little at Bayern, but nevertheless, he doesn’t show any regret for moving to the German record champions.
According to Nianzou, Bayern helped him a lot as a player: „I did not regret joining Bayern. I was disappointed because, like every player, you want to play. But that helped me mentally. Bayern helped me grow“, said Nianzou for L’Equipe
The move to Bayern from the French capital in 2020 was met with criticism and backlash towards Nianzou. The player was vastly criticized for choosing „money over football“, but for him, that wasn’t the case: „Bayern’s project convinced me. […] It wasn’t about money. I just wanted to progress as a footballer“
In Nianzou’s second season, the player completed 876 minutes under Julian Nagelsmann. Even though Nianzou was obviously not happy with his situation, he has nothing but praise for the German coach. According to Nianzou, Nagelsmann helped him a lot to progress as a footballer: „He helped me make as few mistakes as possible and stay focused. I used to take many risks. He taught me when to take risks and when not“. At the same time, Nianzou recognizes the top competition at big clubs and is not easy to gain a lot of playing time: „It was really good to play alongside them and develop further“, said Nianzou.
In two years in Germany, the Frenchman claims to have absorbed the German mentality pretty well, and names Thomas Müller as one of the biggest examples of the ’never-give-up‘ attitude: „My time in Germany shaped me. I now have a bit of the German mentality of not giving up. They play all the way up to the 95th minute“
„Look at Thomas Müller, for example, he never gives up! That is Germany. Every day you train with champions.”