Showing the first signs of intelligent thought in over a year, officials at the German football federation have confirmed that they’re trying to persuade Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala to represent the country. The 17-year-old currently plies his trade for the England U-21’s, but is eligible for both countries and has yet to make a senior level international commitment.
Speaking to Sport1 (via Transfermarkt), NT director Oliver Bierhoff commented on the subject, saying “Jamal Musiala is a very interesting player that we are watching because of his DFB past and his current performances.”
Musiala, a former Chelsea youth player, joined Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019. He has currently played 494 minutes of senior team football this season, scoring goals against Schalke, Frankfurt, and RB Leipizg. The youngster has earned rave reviews for his performances this season, showing excellent technical attributes paired with a desire to work hard and help his team.
Bierhoff proceeded to say that, “he’s currently chosen to play for England U-21s, which we respect, of course. However, we’ll continue to keep an eye on him and keep discussing whether his stance can change.” Apparently, Germany U-21 coach Stefan Kuntz has been trying to convince Musiala to switch allegiances, with little success so far. Bierhoff seems to imply that the ball is in the player’s court.
“In addition to the sporting aspects, it’s essential to us that our national team players acknowledge and identify with our country, our teams, and our values,” Biefhoff remarked.
Of course, playing for Bayern Munich, Musiala has many, MANY people to convince him to make the switch. Chief among them is probably Hansi Flick, who has been linked with the NT job in the future.
For Musiala, a switch to his birth country would make a lot of sense — at the moment, he can count himself as one of the hottest talents in the Bundesliga, but he would struggle to get into an England team that is loaded with young attacking talent. With players like Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, and Jack Grealish on the roster, Musiala would be better off switching to the DFB, where his only competition would be his own Bayern teammates (and Julian Draxler).
Of course, choosing a country is about more than just one’s future selection prospects, so how the player feels will be a key factor in all of this. Musiala is still very young and has plenty of time to decide on his future. Hopefully, things keep heading in the right direction, and Bayern are able to sign him onto a new professional contract. For now, he should keep focusing on improving his overall game.