Jamal Musiala, the teenage jewel in Bayern’s midfield


He only turned 19 in February, but Jamal Musiala is proving to be the versatile teenage jewel in Bayern Munich’s midfield who turned down Chelsea in favour of a return to his native Germany.

When Bayern face Villarreal away in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie Wednesday, Musiala could be deployed either as an attacking or defensive midfielder.

“He can enrich any team – including Bayern Munich and the national team,” said Germany head coach Hansi Flick. “He knows how to assert himself, creates space, is very good in one-on-ones and can dribble at speed.”

Musiala broke into Bayern’s first team last season as an attacking midfielder with an eye for a defence-splitting pass. He was born in Stuttgart, but moved with his family to England as a child and rose through Chelsea’s academy before joining Bayern in 2019.

Despite playing for England Under-21s in 2020, he opted to play senior football for Germany. His full debut for the four-time world champions followed in March 2021.—APP


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