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Joshua Kimmich responds to calls for him to move to right-back

By Rune Gjerulff

Joshua Kimmich says winning means more to him than playing in his favorite position.

Joshua Kimmich (left) and Corentin Tolisso (right).
Joshua Kimmich (left) and Corentin Tolisso (right).Photo: Rufus46, CC BY-SA 3.0

Joshua Kimmich has reiterated his preference for playing in central midfield, but makes it clear that he is willing to step in at right-back if needed.

The German international has mostly played in the middle of the park since Hansi Flick took charge as Bayern München coach, but some have suggested that he should be moved to the right side of defence at the expense of Benjamin Pavard, who has struggled for form this season.

Kimmich himself makes no mistake that he prefers to play as a number six, but says he will do whatever is best for the team.

"I've proven often enough that I can be important for the team in both positions," Kimmich told Kicker.

"I've clearly stated in which position I feel most comfortable, but it's more important for me to win a game than to stubbornly insist on playing as a number six without thinking about anything else than myself and my position.

"Last season, I hardly ever played as a right-back, and it worked out well," he underlined.

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