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Benjamin Pavard reflects on relegation with Stuttgart

By Rune Gjerulff

Benjamin Pavard says that, looking back, he should maybe have left Stuttgart after he won the World Cup with France last year.

Benjamin Pavard.
Benjamin Pavard.Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0
Benjamin Pavard was finally presented at Bayern München today, sitting next to the club's sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic.

Speaking at the press conference, Pavard said that, in hindsight, he should maybe have left VfB Stuttgart after he won the World Cup with France last year.

But at the same time, the 23-year-old feels he learned something valuable during the 2018/19 season that saw the Swabian club relegated from the Bundesliga.

"Unfortunately, we were relegated with Stuttgart. That still makes me sad. I should maybe have left the club after the World Cup," Pavard told reporters before underlining:

"I wanted to stay myself. After we won the World Cup, I was mentally and physically worn out. I have to say thank you to Stuttgart. They signed me from Lille, and I had the opportunity to win the World Cup thanks to them. So it was logical for me to stay for another year.

"Of course, you learn from being in such a situation and make new experiences. I learned a lot from last season, and it has helped me to develop further."

Pavard has signed a contract with Bayern that runs until 2024.

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