Rewinding back several months ago, Jamal Musiala might of only dreamed of being in the German National team squad for this summer’s European Championships. After a breakout season with Bayern Munich, the 18-year-old had to decide whether or not he wanted to commit his international future to England or Germany, and thankfully, he chose the latter and earned a spot in Joachim Low’s squad for this summer.
In a recent interview with the DFB, the youngster described what it was like to get the callup for this summer’s tournament and what camp has been like in Seefeld, Austria. He described the moment he knew he’d be getting the call from Low; “We were just at the training camp with FC Bayern. Hansi [Flick] then told me that he had talked to Jogi and that I would get a call in the next few days. I was really happy.”
Bayern is the most well represented club in the German squad, which is quite often the case for Die Mannschaft camps. There’s a total of 8 Bayern players at camp in Austria right now, including Musiala, which he admits is something that’s helping him. “It makes it a bit easier that I already know some of the players here, even if I have questions. I can talk to everyone here. I learn from day to day get to know each other better. Everything feels brand new to me. I’ve only played one season. Others have been here for ten years. I feel good and can learn a lot from the other players,” he explained.
Aside from his Bayern teammates, there are other players in the German squad that Musiala really looks up to and tries to learn as much as he can from. He specifically mentioned Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan. “Toni Kroos is a player I’ve been looking at for a long time. He’s a very good player. What I see from Ilkay Gündogan in play and training is also special. I can learn so much from such players. It’s fun, them To watch football games,” Musiala said.
At Bayern, Hansi Flick had used Musiala in a number of different positions. He was deputized as a central attacking midfielder, deeper lying central midfielder, and even a wide attacking midfielder. He can occupy any of those positions quite well, and as we’ve seen, he’s very good on the ball in tight spaces. His versatility makes him such a valuable asset for both Bayern and Germany and he’s more than ready to play wherever Low decides to use him this summer. “I’m ready for any position. I can play ten, I can play on the wings, I can play eight. When I’m needed, I’m ready.”