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Coman excited about Bayern move

By Agence France-Presse in Berlin | China Daily | Updated: 2015-09-12 08:28

Bayern Munich's new signing, Kingsley Coman, said joining the Bundesliga champion was the ideal next step in his career after arriving from Italian giant Juventus on a two-year loan.

"Bayern have a style of play that suits me," Coman, 19, said during his official presentation on Thursday.

"I'm in good shape. If they ask me to play, I'm ready," said Coman, who described himself as a player "capable of making the difference at any moment during a match".

Bayern has an option to make the move permanent in 2017 when the contracts of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are set to expire with sporting director Mathias Sammer saying Coman was a "perfect alternative" for the duo which is currently out injured.

Ribery has been sidelined for the past six months while Robben is set to miss the next four weeks after picking up a groin strain while on international duty with the Netherlands.

Coman declared himself "ready" to feature in Saturday's Bavarian derby at home to Augsburg while Sammer noted the teenager's "exceptional potential".

"If the coach decides to play him, then he will burst onto the scene," said Sammer.

Coman will have to overcome the language barrier but can count on the support of fellow Frenchman Ribery, who greeted him upon his arrival.

 Coman excited about Bayern move

Bayern Munich's head coach, Pep Guardiola, passes on advice to the team's new recruit, Kingsley Coman, during a training session in Munich on Thursday. Andreas Gebert / DPA /Agence France-Presse

(China Daily 09/12/2015 page12)

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