Former Bayern Munich U-19 captain Flavius Daniliuc was certain that he would be playing first-team football — he just was not sure when or where.
Daniliuc moved to OGC Nice last July on a free transfer and has seen his stock soar ever since. The 19-year-old left Säbener Straße in search of an opportunity and that is exactly what he got in France. When trying to sort out the best way to get on a first-team roster, Daniliuc had a few different destinations in mind.
“There were several options. The decision was always about one thing: Which step will bring me the most? Where can I take the right development steps? Where do I get the most time at the highest possible level? I weighed things up with my advisors according to these standards. It was a very conscious decision to go to Nice,” Daniliuc said to Sport 1.
Daniliuc, who was in Real Madrid’s youth academy before moving to Bayern Munich, thinks his unique journey as a young player has prepared him to be able to adapt to any setting.
“I was trained at the two best clubs in the world. Real Madrid and Bayern have shaped me,” said Daniliuc, an Austrian center-back who also has played some right-back this season. “They say that the hardest step is always the one from youth up to the pros. I succeeded in doing that at Nice. That’s what it’s all about. It doesn’t matter whose offer I turned down otherwise. Bayern opens doors for talents — for me, too.”