Bayern Munich won the race for French international Benjamin Pavard in the winter transfer window, agreeing a €35 million fee with VfB Stuttgart to sign the 22-year-old in the summer.
Pavard decided to remain in the Bundesliga despite interest from Manchester City and Barcelona, two attractive clubs who expressed serious interest in signing the versatile defender.
In an interview with BILD, Pavard explained his decision to stay in Germany when he could have pushed for a move abroad to City or Barcelona and earned higher wages.
“The change wasn’t a question of money for me,” Pavard told BILD. “I love Germany, the mentality, the Bundesliga. That’s why I wanted to stay here.”
Pavard plays both as a centre-back and right-back, so could have been a useful acquisition for City with questions surrounding the future of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, plus the shaky form of Kyle Walker.
However, the player’s love for life in Germany, despite being from France, helped him decide to swap Stuttgart for Bayern Munich instead of opting for a move away from the Bundesliga.