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“I am not the next Franck Ribéry”: Kinglsey Coman talks about Bayern Munich and Les Bleus

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Finally back on the pitch after an injury derailed his season, Kingsley Coman hopes to make his mark on Bayern Munich just like Arjen Robben and his countryman Franck Ribery.

BREMEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Kingsley Coman of Bayern Munich replaces Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Bayern Muenchen at Weserstadion on December 1, 2018 in Bremen, Germany. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

In an interview given to AZ, Bayern Munich’s French wunderkind Kingsley Coman spoke about injuries, Munich and how he feels about Robben and Ribéry leaving the club.

Robben and Ribéry are two players that every youngster who comes to Munich can look up to and learn things from. Coman wishes to stay with Bayern for a long time and leave a mark just like the duo. He said,

Of course it is a dream of mine to be as important for Bayern some day as Ribéry and Robben. I want to meet the expectations that the club has of me and play an important part in the future. Both of them are really icons — they’ve performed for over ten years and have celebrated great success. I would like to stay with Bayern Munich for a very long time and have a career like this.

Well, it is every player’s dream to have a career like Robben and Ribéry.

Coman idolizes his fellow Frenchman and aspires to be just as great as him, but he completely repudiates the idea that he is Ribéry’s successor:

No, that’s impossible. No one can be the successor of Franck Ribéry, like for like. There’s only one Franck. No one will ever be like he is. Franck is a magnificent model for me. My goal is to do just as well as him, but in my own way. I’m Kingsley Coman — and not the new Franck Ribéry.

We all remember how Joshua Kimmich reacted to people calling him the next Philipp Lahm of Bayern Munich.

Bayern’s chance of winning the league depends on how well they perform in the second half of the season. Coman is extremely positive about it and argues that it is still possible for Bayern to finish first in the league:

It’s still possible. We’ll try everything in the Rückrunde to beat Dortmund at the Allianz Arena. That would be six points. We want to and can still be the champions.

It was unfortunate for Coman to not be a part of the World Cup winning French squad. Coman believes, however, that France can lift the trophy again in the next world cup and, hopefully, he will get to be a part of the team. He feels happy in Munich and is blessed to have won many titles at such a young age. He said,

I wasn’t sad. I’m young, I’m playing for a club like Bayern and have already won lots of titles. I was injured — that’s life. I’m already happy now with my career and thankful for the life I’ve led so far. I think we can win the Euro in two years and the World Cup in 2022, too. Almost all of us are still very young. We’ll get better. Yes, we can still win some titles with France. And I hope that I’ll be there then.

It is confident, young players like Kingsley Coman that assure the Bavarians that the future of the club is in safe hands.