Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard discussed his reputation in his home nation with Canal Football Club, stating that he would like the French fans to place a higher value on his performances.
Pavard has been the target of criticism since his stunning goal against Argentina in the 2018 World Cup, which has intensified following his performances in last week's Nations League final four.
“I put the criticism in France into perspective. I left France when I was young, I didn’t play a lot of matches in Ligue 1 so the French public doesn’t know me. Or they only know me through my goal at the 2018 World Cup. From that moment on people started paying attention to me.”
“I’d like to have more respect from the French, because I am French myself. But I’m not going to force people to watch Bayern Munich matches. The real ones, those who know football, are aware of the performances I’ve had and am putting in.”
“I’ve discovered a new position with France recently, as a right wing-back. I used to play as a central defender at Stuttgart. I’ve been a starter at Bayern Munich for two years as a right-back. I’ve gotten a bit used to that position. As a right wing-back, I won’t be at the top level straight away. It’s a new position for me, I’ve only just begun in it.”