Despite being brought to Bayern Munich by former manager Carlo Ancelotti, Corentin Tolisso has admitted that he’s enjoying life with the club, and that he wants to stay for a long time. The midfielder cost Bayern a considerable €41.5m to acquire from Olympique Lyon, breaking Bayern’s single transfer fee record. Even with his record-breaking price tag, Tolisso has not been a regular starter for Bayern, or at least not as regular of a starter as he’d like to be. In total, from 31 appearances across all competitions, he’s started 20 matches, but has still scored 7 goals and provided 5 assists.
Speaking to French outlet SO FOOT, Tolisso revealed that he’s incredibly proud to be a Bayern Munich player, and he believes that playing for the club is the pinnacle of his career:
Can I ask for more? If you succeed here, your career will be a success. Players like Ribery, Robben, Müller and Lewandowski have had success here and have not left the club, because FC Bayern is a big club that compete every year for the title in the Champions League.
Perhaps taking a pot shot at some of the transfer patterns of players across Europe, Tolisso added that Bayern should be as big of a destination as Real Madrid:
If you’re with Bayern, where do you want to go then? You could go to Real Madrid and if you succeed there, you can only go to a club like Bayern. There are many great players here, many who won the Champions League in 2013, others who became world champions in 2014. If you land in such a team, you know you can only improve in training
Lastly, Tolisso added that his relationship with Jupp Heynckes is quite strong, despite the fact that there’s a bit of a language barrier between the two; Heynckes doesn’t speak French and Tolisso doesn’t speak German. The two primarily use a translator, though that’s not always readily available:
Communication with Heynckes is more complicated than with Ancelotti. Sometimes Jupp speaks German with me, without a translator being there. I don’t understand everything, but the most important thing is the aspects [of what Heynckes is saying]. Either way, I have to go on to learn the language.
Tolisso recently sustained a bruised shine bone in Bayern’s 6-0 win over Hamburg, but he’s already back and available for selection. With the positive attitude that he has, it’s exciting to see how much he’ll progress between now and the end of the season, in which Bayern are still chasing another treble!