VfB Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard does not want to talk much about his own future while his current team is mired in 16th place and in danger of relegation. The 22-year-old, however, shared his thoughts with SportBild on Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.
Pavard and Hernandez, of course, were the outside-back tandem for France during its World Cup winning effort last summer. The Frenchmen are pals and Pavard thinks that Hernandez would be a good fit in Bavaria:
We are very good friends. I think it would be fantastic if Lucas also came to Bayern. He proved that he is a great player. First together for France, then for Bavaria — that would make me proud. But of course that’s a matter between Bayern and Lucas.
While Pavard’s ticket to Munich is already punched, there is no official agreement that formally ties Hernandez to the record champions despite numerous reports.
As for Pavard, his focus is solely on helping Stuttgart avoid relegation until the season is over. He said,
We all love the club and are unhappy about the current situation. It is up to us to straighten that out. In France, they say that you “fight to the death.” That’s how I’ll do it. I guarantee: my head is only in Stuttgart and the fight (against) relegation, not in Munich until summer.
Avoiding relegation won’t be easy for Stuttgart, but a way out is within range. Pavard’s squad is currently two points behind a 15th-place and hapless FC Augsburg side and seven points behind the sinking ship known as Schalke 04, which is sitting in 14th place.