Bayern Munich’s new signing Kingsley Coman said joining the Bundesliga champions was the ideal next step in his career after arriving from Italian giants 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,” assured Coman, who described himself as a player “capable of making the difference at any moment during a match”.
Bayern have 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 adding that Coman was a “perfect alternative” for the duo who are currently out injured.
Ribery and Robben has been struggling for fitness of late and Coman can slot in when required
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,” assured Sammer.
Coman will have to overcome the language barrier but can count on the support of fellow Frenchman Ribery who was there to greet the youngster at Bayern’s training centre.
“He (Ribery) is a role model for me,” said Coman, who began his career in his homeland with Paris Saint-Germain before joining Juventus.