Benjamin Pavard has labelled Bayern Munich the best team in the world ahead of his move this summer, amid a public attempt to appease the VfB Stuttgart fans who have turned on him.
The World Cup winner is set join the Bavarians at the end of this season, with a €35m move already agreed. However, this has left Stuttgart fans feeling cold toward their former crowd favourite.
The 22-year-old has been with Die Roten since moving from Lille in August 2016 for €5m, making 76 appearances in his tenure this far. And, speaking to Telefoot in a recent interview, the Frenchman conceded: "Some fans do not understand because Bayern is an enemy club.
“They were angry at me, but deep down, they know it's the best opportunity. Bayern, I could not refuse them. For me, it's the best club in the Bundesliga, one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best. I've always believed in myself, I have confidence in my qualities.
"There are people who doubt me, but not me. I want to show that I do not doubt myself.”
And, Pavard may be joined by his compatriot, and fellow world champion, Lucas Hernandez at the Allianz Arena, with the Atletico Madrid defender heavily linked with a transfer. Indeed, Diego Simeone's side even had cause to publicly decry rumours that a move had been agreed between the two in January.
With the links refusing to go away, Pavard admitted: "I hope he's coming because he's a very good friend and a footballer with a lot of potential.
“He showed it in club and at the World Cup. I’ve sent him some messages, because it would be a very good thing for Munich."
The defender was also asked about his preferred position ahead of France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova in March, but he merely stated: "I am at the disposal of the coach.
“If he puts me in central defence, I will give myself thoroughly. If he puts me on the right, the same. I will do everything to be in the list in March."