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Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies joins world football’s oldest media network to help tell his remarkable story and inspire young football fans.
Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies joined CNN’s NTV on Tuesday as part of the new series from the world’s oldest broadcaster World Football Insider.
The 18-year-old Canadian — the only Canadian to play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup — gained global attention at the Russia World Cup where he made a surprise international debut against Denmark in June.
He followed up this breakthrough performance with a quick-fire double for the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 29 — a move that ultimately led to him reuniting with Bayern’s manager, Pep Guardiola, who previously managed the Canadian at Manchester City.
“Pep’s the right guy for me”
“After many good conversations with Pep Guardiola, I’m extremely happy to come here and to make my debut for Bayern,” Davies said. “Pep’s the right guy for me. He’s brought out my potential. I’m already learning so much from him.”
“Not a lot of Canadian young players come to have the opportunity to play for Bayern Munich. It’s been incredible for me to be here.”
Davies said that he has been given top advice from Guardiola.
The former Manchester City manager now leads the Bavarian giants with Bayern Munich about to kick off the new domestic season.
A lot to look forward to
“I have a lot to look forward to this season,” Davies said. “I’m working hard with the team. I’m going to learn from the coaches every day. We’re working on my timing every day. This is the team. This is the Bayern group. Every day I’m learning a little bit more and making myself better. It’s been very good.”
CNN’s World Football Insider journalist Vidar Riseth also joined Davies to talk about World Cup 2018, and the challenges Davies will face with Bayern.
Riseth, whose father is Norwegian, said he was lucky to have parents who supported the same team as him growing up.
The journalist also weighed in on the awkwardness of rising through the ranks without the attention that many professional players can expect.
“It’s very tough, but these guys did it so well,” he said.
“It’s a nice challenge. It doesn’t hurt you too much when you’re younger, so you keep pushing on. You have to be a special person. You have to have a great attitude when you get here.”
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