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Bayern Munich’s Lucas Hernandez thinks few people believed in him before breaking out

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Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez doubts that anyone thought he would be in his current position just 18 months ago.

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Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez won a World Cup in the summer of 2018 and then became the biggest signing in club history for the Bavarians roughly eight months later. In short, the 23-year-old’s explosion into the footballing stratosphere has been a whirlwind that even he thinks few could have imagined just 18 months ago.

Hernandez told Canal Football Club (as captured by Marca) that he felt like he was an unknown quantity even in France even as recent as early 2018:

Nobody knew about me in France a year and a half ago. Nobody there thought a year and a half ago that a club would pay 80m euros for me.

Hernandez seems to be a little miffed that it took people in France so long to notice that he was a good player. No doubt, feeling even the smallest of bit of slight has driven Hernandez to become even better.

When asked why he wanted to make the change to Bayern Munich after such a successful and fulfilling run with Atlético Madrid, Hernandez replied that he was “looking for something more”:

I had been in Madrid for a long time and was looking for something more. I wanted a new culture, a new way of thinking.

Hernandez seems to be absorbing the Mia San Mia mentality at Bayern Munich, which should at least help him feel like the goal of experiencing a “change of culture” has been successful. As far as “something more,” Hernandez will get a chance to help Bayern Munich pursue a treble, which would absolutely help the 23-year-old add more titles to his ever-growing resume.