Alphonso Davies has opened up on how nervous he felt before his first training session at Bayern Munich - as well as revealing his surprising post-football career plans.
The 19-year-old has been in inspired form for the Bundesliga leaders this season and is one of the hottest prospects in world football. Despite his tender years, Davies has made the left-back spot his own under Hansi Flick and has not missed a single league game since October.
He has also impressed in the Champions League, tearing Chelsea to shreds during Bayern's round of 16 win at Stamford Bridge last month.
His rapid rise has been extraordinary, but in an interview with Gary Lineker, Davies admitted that he was extremely nervous when he first signed from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018.
"There were rumours in the air that all these different clubs were looking at me but I didn’t know which specific clubs," he told the Match of the Day host (via the Guardian).
"No one told me anything. And then I got a message: 'Bayern Munich want to meet you.' I was like: 'Oh my god. Really?' It was both exciting and scary. I just had to prove to myself that I could compete at this level.
"I’d watched these guys on TV since I was a kid and there I was, seeing them in person, training with them and playing with them. I was very intimidated. When Arjen Robben introduced himself to me, I just couldn’t believe it."
The Canadian has settled in since then and his fine form earned him a new contract until 2025 earlier this week - which he signed while observing strict social distancing advice.
During the COVID-19 lockdown Davies has been keeping fans entertained by posting short comedy sketches on video platform TikTok. As well as providing a bit of fun during lockdown, the starlet admitted the videos were part of a wider plan to prepare for a career as an actor when he stops playing football.
"Football comes first, but I want to be an actor eventually. I like entertaining people and TikTok gives me the platform to do so," he explained.
"It allows fans to not only see what I do on the field, but also to get to know my personality a bit more. And it passes the time during the corona crisis when we are all staying home."
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