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World Cup Winner: Why Bayern Signed Me

With Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich having already bought two 2018 FIFA World Cup winners for €115 million (R1.83 billion) ahead of the upcoming season, one of them has now explained why, in his opinion, the German giants signed him.

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Following an impressive campaign in Germany's top flight with VfB Stuttgart last season, defender Benjamin Pavard added to his rapid rise in world football with a number of eye-catching performances at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

As a result, the 23-year-old signed a deal believed to be worth €35 million (R560 million) with Bayern in January, but will only officially join Niko Kovac's side at the end of the current campaign.

When discussing his imminent move to Bayern recently, Pavard backed his ability, insisting he was not signed solely for his famous goal in France's 4-3 victory over Argentina in the last 16 stage of the 2018 World Cup.

"I didn't sign for Bayern just because of that one shot," he told the Bundesliga's official website.

"It's because I'm one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga. Defensively, I'm strong – and technically also."

Before joining up with his new teammates at the Allianz Arena next season, the fullback faces the possibility of being relegated with Stuttgart, who are just one place away from the drop zone. However, despite acknowledging that his form has dipped this season, Pavard is confident he can help Bayern win silverware.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy staying here – I had expected a tough season," he told France's Canal Football Club.

"A lot of people have been criticising me, but very few of them actually watch my games. It's true that I've made a few mistakes and I accept my share of the responsibility.

"I'm full of confidence and I'm hungry for titles. After winning the World Cup, I'm hugely motivated to win more. For me, it was only Bayern: I couldn't see myself going to any other club.

"You don't say no to Bayern – they are the best club in Germany and they're always winning lots of titles."

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