2018 World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez has given his first interview as a Bayern Munich player following his big money move from Atletico Madrid earlier this month.
The left-back is looking forward to an exciting campaign at the Allianz Arena, which kicks off on Friday 16 August when the defending champions host Hertha BSC.
Hernandez was accompanied by club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and had the following to say to the media:
“Hello, my name is Lucas, I am happy to be here. I am looking forward to a good season with FC Bayern. Pack Ma’s!
“Bayern’s a big club whether you’re in France, Spain or Italy,” he continued. “It’s one of the best clubs in the world with many trophies, and not many clubs can say that.”
“We’ve got great players with a lot of experience. It’s up to the coach where I play, and then it’s up to me to repay the fans and those in charge. All Bayern defenders are big players with a lot of experience. Anyone can boss the defence, but I consider my role to be a very good one. I can be a leader.”
Lucas Hernandez is joined at Bayern Munich by fellow World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard. The duo were France’s starting full-backs in Russia last summer. The 23-year-old will be competing with David Alaba for the starting role. However, Hernandez can also play centre-back and the Bavarians have recently allowed Mats Hummels to return to Borussia Dortmund.
The French international has taken up the shirt number 21, which has been vacant since Philipp Lahm retired at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
As well as the French pair, Bayern have also acquired Germany youth striker Fiete Arp from HSV this summer.