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Bayern Munich’s Bouna Sarr isn’t ruling out a return to Olympique Marseille

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Bouna Sarr can see himself returning to France, even though he’s gotten relatively decent minutes at Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Bouna Sarr was arguably one of the more unexpected signings of the summer transfer window, having joined Bayern Munich from Ligue 1’s Olympique Lyon for €10 million just before the deadline.

Sarr was far from Bayern’s first choice signing at the defensive position, but the transfer poker with Barcelona for American international Sergiño Dest proved to be too steep of a hill to climb in the end. When he was recently speaking to French television outlet “Telefoot” (via SportBild) the defender said that he could definitely imagine a return to Marseille.

“Of course! Why not? It’s a club that I felt good about. It was there that I made the decisive step in my career. I miss the fans. Anything can happen,” Sarr said when he was asked about a potential return to Marseille.

Surprisingly, Sarr has already made three Bundesliga starts for Bayern, partially aided by injuries at different times to both Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard. In addition to his three starts in the league, Sarr also started and played the full 90 minutes in the 3-0 win over FC Düren in the DFB-Pokal first round and has made two substitute appearances in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid and RB Salzburg, respectively.

All things considered, he’s probably played more than he would’ve expected upon joining Bayern even though rotations were expected this season due to the severely truncated nature of the schedule. After all, he was purchased in essence to be Pavard’s backup.

Despite having played a decent amount of minutes thus far, he hasn't been the most convincing, which was evident in Bayern’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund. Bayern were arguably lucky to only concede twice in Dortmund, but everything positive for them came through the left channel through Raphaël Guerreiro and Giovanni Reyna on the side that Sarr was defending.

Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Sarr’s contract at Bayern runs through June 2024, but he’s made it clear that he won’t rule out return to France prior to then. He spent five years with Marseille and still holds them high in his heart. Whether or not he returns and when, in fact, he would consider doing so could also depend on his status with the French National Team. Didier Deschamps had selected him in the initial roster for the most recent international break, but Sarr had to withdraw due to a thigh problem. He could’ve earned his first appearance for Les Bleus had it not been for the injury.