Bayern Munich defender, Lucas Hernandez, sat down with France Football this international break to discuss his move to the German Giants. The first topic of discussion was about his life in Germany. He said,
It’s going well, but it’s very different. I was used to Madrid; I had been living there forever. Here, I’m discovering a different country and culture. I’m getting used to it bit by bit. And I haven’t had to deal with the German winter yet!
Seems like everything is going well as Hernandez is settling in at Munich. You cannot blame the Frenchman for his apprehension for the winter after living in Spain and playing for his youth club, Atletico Madrid. One of the biggest growing pains for Bayern’s record-signing defender is his diet. He explains that the most difficult part is adjusting to the meal times:
I’m not at all used to eating at noon. In Spain, I ate ate 2:30 or 3:00 pm. Same in the evening. When you’re with the club, you eat at 7:00 pm.
Next, Lucas Hernandez talked about his decision to sign with Bayern Munich saying it is a “historic club” and that he is a, “big competitor and wants to win many titles.” He also spoke about wanting to leave his comfort zone saying,
In coming to Bayern, I’m joining one of the best clubs in the world. I wanted to put myself under a little pressure, to make it at different club where the language and culture are different, put myself in danger, not stay in my comfort zone in Madrid. In fact, that’s it: I wanted to put myself in danger.
Hernadez’ first impressions of the club was that it was “huge.” He talked about the family atmosphere at Bayern and his meeting with compatriot and Bayern legend, Franck Ribery,
I also met Franck Ribéry for a very brief time. He was really nice to me, talked with me a lot, gave me advice. He’s a great guy. You can’t imagine how much people love him there. He’s a legend.
Lastly, the versatile French defender spoke about Philipp Lahm and inheriting his number 21 jersey that he made so famous for the club. Since 21 has been Lucas Hernandez number for both club and country where he won the World Cup and Europa League, he understandably wanted to keep the number on his back. He believes that, by letting him wear the number of the legendary Lahm, Bayern Munich showed how much faith the club has in him; that, along with the fact Bayern was willing to buy him despite his injury. Hernandez said,
Once again, it’s proof of the confidence they placed in me. You take into consideration that they are genuinely interested and are ready to do anything for you. They had already shown it by taking me when my knee was in bad shape. Ninety percent of clubs would not have bought an injured player. Bayern was confident. They knew that my injury was serious, but also that if I recovered well and did everything right, it would be fine.