Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman hopes to be as successful as “Robbery” but wants to carve his own path at the club.
Kingsley Coman made his return to the Bayern Munich squad over the weekend, in the Bavarians’ 2-1 win over Werder Bremen. The Frenchman’s return comes at the perfect moment for Niko Kovac, who desperately needs to string together a run of good results heading into the winter break.
Coman is arguably Bayern’s most talented winger, and he marks a huge addition to the squad when fit. He has the pace, technique and general ability to become one of the top wingers in the world.
Furthermore, he has two of the best wingers of the past decade to look up to and learn from in Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Speaking recently with AZ, Coman shared his admiration for what Robbery has done for Bayern Munich and added that he hopes to leave his own legacy in Bavaria.
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“Of course it is a dream of mine to be as important for Bayern some day as Ribéry and Robben. I want to meet the expectations that the club has of me. The two of them are icons … and I would like to stay with FC Bayern for a long time and have a similar career as theirs.”
Coman obviously has tons of respect for his veteran teammates, and rightfully so. However, he doesn’t see himself as simply the duo’s replacement in Munich. He made clear he is not the “new Franck Ribery.”
“No, that’s impossible. Nobody can be the successor for Franck Ribery one for one. There is only one Franck, nobody will ever be like him. He is a great example, and my goal is to be like him but in my own way. I’m Kingsley Coman, not the new Franck Ribery.”
Kingsley Coman also spoke on Bayern’s chances in the Bundesliga this season and his summer spent watching France win the World Cup without him.
The 22-year-old believes his club can still win the German top flight, despite sitting nine points off league leaders Borussia Dortmund. When asked about his World Cup situation, Coman gave a very mature answer.
“I was not sad. I’m young, I play at a club like Bayern and have already won many titles. I was injured; that’s life. I am happy with my career and thankful for the life I have.”
Coman asserted that France’s young squad will have plenty of opportunities over the coming years to win more major trophies and he hopes that he will be able to be part of those campaigns.