Lucas Hernandez has not had an easy time at Bayern, but the French central defender hopes that he can stay in Munich for a long time. After leaving the defensive, Hernandez wants to take on a more important role in the team in the future.
“I’ve been injured a lot and the level of the entire squad is just great. We have tough, but very healthy and friendly competition internally,” said Hernandez picture regarding the fact that he was not always part of the regular staff under Hansi Flick. “It happens in football that you get into a role that no player likes to play. But then you have to keep giving it your all and waiting for your chance.”
Nevertheless, it is “hard not to play despite all the comeback efforts. You lose your self-confidence. I always want to play and of course I am not happy if that doesn’t work. And when it was my turn, I lacked the rhythm of the game.” In the first season after his 80 million euro move, he was absent for weeks due to a torn inner ligament, and in the current season he did not get beyond the reserve role at times.
Speculations that the 25-year-old could therefore leave the contract before the expiry of his contract, which runs until 2024, he described as “rumors. But I had a lot of self-confidence. I knew my time would come. I want to triumph at Bayern.” Without David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez, all of whom will leave the club, it may now be up to him to “take on the leadership role. It is important to plug this hole.”
Hernandez has “regained his top level” and is hoping “to be able to be here for many years to come. I really want to repay Bayern for the trust they have shown me with my commitment.” He firmly believes that FCB will also be successful under the new coach Julian Nagelsmann: “He’s coming with the same goal that we have: winning a lot of titles. I know he’s a very young coach, but who has all of his teams so far has brought it to the highest possible level. “