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Benjamin Pavard looks set to stay with VfB Stuttgart this season

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He’d been linked with Bayern, but is apparently happy staying with Stuttgart for now.

STUTTGART, GERMANY - MAY 05: Benjamin Pavard of Stuttgart gestures during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 5, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.
STUTTGART, GERMANY - MAY 05: Benjamin Pavard of Stuttgart gestures during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 5, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.
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Per a report by SportBild, Benjamin Pavard will definitely be staying at VfB Stuttgart this season after a summer long link to Bayern Munich. The French World Cup champion apparently held a brief meeting with his agent, Joseph Mohan, Stuttgart general manager Joachim Cast, sporting director Michael Reschke and an interpreter, Peter Reichert, to ultimately decide that it would be the best decision for Pavard to remain at Stuttgart, at least for this season. Speaking to Bild after the meeting, Reschke described how positively it went:

It was an open, partner-like exchange in a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Benji is now looking forward to games with VfB and that is a clear sign.

He also cut his holidays short to link up with his Stuttgart teammates:

Bayern’s interest in Pavard really started to come to fruition during the World Cup; specifically, towards the beginning of July after the 22-year old had impressed in France’s group stage matches and its 4-3 win over Argentina in the round of 16. Of course, there had been reports in late May linking Pavard to Bayern after Jerome Boateng had told the press he might be “interested in a new challenge.”

There has been rampant speculation during the majority of the transfer window after it was reported that Bayern expressed a keen interest in the defender. The key was whether or not Bayern would offer Stuttgart more than €35 million, which is the fee that would trigger his release clause in the summer of 2019.

The idea was that it would make financial sense for Stuttgart to accept an offer greater than €35 million from Bayern, so it could turn a considerable profit on Pavard. For Bayern, it was considered a possibility that it may be willing to up the offer, especially with rumors linking Boateng with a move away from Munich. Keeping hold of the player, though, was more important to Stuttgart than the surplus of cash, so it looks increasingly likely that Bayern will just activate his release clause next summer.

Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić had met with both Pavard and Mohan (his agent) during the World Cup in July and it was reported that there had been a verbal agreement from Pavard that he would definitely join Bayern next summer. Connecting all of the dots, next summer’s window looks to be when Pavard will become a Bayern Munich player and he’ll surely be looking to put up a solid fight against them when the two clubs meet this season.