There is a lot of buzz surrounding Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala this week.
Will Bayern Munich initiate contract extension talks in February when he turns 18? Probably.
Will Germany make an effort to get Musiala to commit to Die Mannschaft for international play? Almost definitely.
Ah, but England. Pesky ol’ England is not going to just sit by and let Musiala switch allegiances. As of now, the Three Lions are planning on Musiala being a part of their U-21 side for the U-21 European Championships.
In an interview with Goal, England U-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd is happy to see Musiala establishing himself with the Bavarians.
“Definitely, he has increased game time,” Boothroyd said. “We don’t know, but he might have a growth spurt and he hasn’t finished growing yet. I saw him against Atletico Madrid the other day and he didn’t look out of place against that massive array of talent for Bayern Munich. We are really pleased for him, he did well for us, scored and personally I think it might be too early for him to make the seniors in March just yet. But in two or three months with more experience, you just never know. Being out in Germany, training with that caliber of players and coaches every day is really going to help his development for us.”
So there is the window Germany. If you want to try and push Musiala toward a senior-team commitment, perhaps an invite to Joachim Löw’s camp in March could seal the deal. Regardless, England likely won’t go down without a fight.
The brawl for Jamal...has just begun.