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Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala talks through early days playing youth football in Germany

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Jamal Musiala appreciates his early start in Germany.

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With his talent, it is hard to believe that Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala is still just 18-years-old.

That talent, however, was honed at a number of clubs — and two countries — since the beginning of his playing days. In a recent interview with the DFB, Musiala talked about his early days playing for clubs like Fulda and TSV Lehnerz.

“Above all, my mother is still in contact with them, and so do I, but it is less for me because I travel a lot through football. But I see how much the people in Fulda are behind me, which makes me very happy,” said Musiala. “There are still friendships from that time, but unfortunately the connections are no longer really intense. With the time in Fulda and at TSV Lehnerz, I only associate positive things. We just played a lot of football, had a lot of fun, played in the club and also on our doorstep.”

Musiala’s jump to Chelsea opened his eyes to a whole new world — of talent.

“My joy in football has stayed the same. The biggest difference is of course the quality of the players. On the one hand, it meant competition, on the other hand, it’s also nice to play football at a higher level. And I’ve always succeeded in thinking only of the positive and never putting myself under great pressure,” Musiala said.