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Despite a disappointing first season with Bayern, Gravenberch still wants to fight to be able to play more for the Bundesliga champions. However, if his efforts and efforts are unsuccessful, then even though the contract with Bayern is valid until 2027, Gravenberch does not rule out the possibility of leaving soon.
“I want to achieve success with Bayern. But if things don’t go according to plan and if I continue to not have the opportunity to play, I will keep an eye on other offers,” the 20-year-old midfielder revealed on Ajax Showtime. “At the moment I don’t think much about it, but I hope to improve the situation at Bayern by training and playing well.”
Gravenberch just moved to the Allianz Arena from Ajax at the beginning of this season for a transfer fee of about 18 million euros. But because Bayern have too many good central midfielders like Joshua Kimmich or Leon Goretzka, the player with 11 caps for the Netherlands has not played as much as expected. Although, Gravenberch has appeared in 26 matches so far, but the total minutes played is only 701 minutes (ie less than 8 full games) as he often only comes on from the bench.
“I was obviously hoping and looking forward to playing more at Bayern. So far, things have not been going as expected. It’s embarrassing but I’m still dealing with it well. In my career as a player, I have never retreated. I am a promising talent and have been playing for the Ajax first team from a very young age,” Gravenberch said of this unexpected experience, but believes it will help him in the future.
CHANGED GENERAL, NOT CHANGED Luck
Gravenberch insists he is “still very strong” and has no regrets about leaving Ajax too soon to join Bayern. However, Gravenberch’s situation has not shown any signs of improvement even though Julian Nagelsmann has left and Thomas Tuchel has arrived.
In the first two matches at Bayern under the new reign against Dortmund (won 4-2) and Freiburg (won 1-0), Gravenberch continued to have 2 appearances from the bench with a total of 17 minutes. Even in the 1-2 defeat to Freiburg in the German Cup, he was not even allowed to enter the field for a minute.
It is known that in the last winter transfer window, when Christian Eriksen was injured, MU contacted Gravenberch, whom coach Erik ten Hag was no stranger to when he had a time at Ajax, but Bayern flatly refused. If Gravenberch is determined to leave, there will be many clubs to welcome him, when in addition to the above MU, Liverpool are also very interested in this central midfielder when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner will all leave in the form of leaving. Free transfer in the summer of 2023 here.
Bayern’s God of Wealth
In all of Bayern’s cup matches this season, every time Gravenberch is present, the home team wins. This happened in 9 cup matches: 6 in the Champions League, 2 in the German Cup and 1 in the German Super Cup. In the Bundesliga alone, Bayern only lost 1 match against M’gladbach in round 21 of the 17 matches that Gravenberch put on his boots.