Bayern Munich U19 captain Flavius Daniliuc has declined a contract extension offer from the Bavarians and appears to be headed to Ligue 1 in France, according to a report from Nice Matin. TZ reporter Manuel Bonke confirmed the report that Daniliuc declined the contract offer and appears to be off to initially play for Nice’s reserves.
A physical is reportedly set for Monday in Nice.
Daniliuc starred with Bayern’s U19 team this season including 7 appearances in the UEFA Youth League. He also made a handful of appearances for Bayern Munich II in the 3.Liga; however, most of his stints with Sebastian Hoeneß’s side ended with him stuck to the bench. Hoeneß favored Nicolas Feldhahn and Kilian Senkbeil over Daniliuc when Lukas Mai went down with an injury just before the 3.Liga restart.
The centerback joined Bayern’s youth ranks back in 2015 from Real Madrid thanks to some words from David Alaba. Daniliuc’s signing by Madrid was one of the cases that saw them receive a transfer ban back in 2016.
Daniliuc is in a tough spot at Bayern. He’s aging out of the U19 group at Bayern, but there are a plethora of centerbacks ahead of him in the rotation. Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Niklas Süle, Benjamin Pavard, Javi Martinez, and Lucas Hernandez are ahead of him in the first team. With Bayern II, it’s clear that Chris Richards, Mai, Feldhahn, and Senkbeil are favored there.
Instead of holding out for transfers or loans of players out of Munich, Daniliuc has decided to take his future into his own hands and make a move now while he’s still young.