The pre-season training at Sabner Strasse is just around the corner. Players are expected to be back at the club by the first week of July before going out on tour. Bayern Munich has received a big boost regarding the fitness of one of the new arrivals at the club this summer.
Ryan Gravenberch has returned to training after missing the end of the last season due to an ankle injury. He missed the last few games of Ajax’s campaign. The 20-year-old midfielder also missed all four international games during the first half of June as he continued recovering from the injury.
Since Gravenberch is back on the pitch, he is likely to be fit for going on the pre-season tour. The Dutch midfielder should be present at Sabner Strasse on July 6 to undergo medical tests. He will get an ample amount of time to be integrated into the squad since he is likely to be fit for the entire pre-season.
Bayern had found a breakthrough in negotiations with Ajax after the end of the season to complete the signing of Ryan Gravenberch. He arrived in Bavaria during the second week of June to complete the final details of the transfer. Die Roten had managed to late interest from Manchester United to sign one of the most exciting young midfield talents in Europe.
Gravenberch will most likely operate as a number eight for Bayern in the center of the park. He will be a much more dynamic and creative midfielder than Leon Goretzka when used as a number eight. The Dutch midfielder can also operate in a three-man midfielder as Julian Nagelsmann thinks about using 4-3-3 consistently from next season.
Bayern has struggled to get the most out of young midfielders in the last few years. Marc Roca, Mickael Cuisance, and Renato Sanches had a very underwhelming stint at the club before sealing a permanent transfer. All three midfielders struggled to get consistent playing time to establish themselves at Die Roten.
The German Champions cannot afford to make a similar mistake with Gravenberch. The Dutch midfielder should get adequate playing time next season to continue his development. He will have significant competition in his position at Die Roten than he did at Ajax last season, so patience will be needed from him.
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Gravenberch will be looking to make a good first impression during the pre-season tour. It will set the tone for his debut season in the Bundesliga. Bayern will be back on the road after two years as they are set to tour the USA and play games against Manchester City and DC United. The German Champions will begin their title defense with an away trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on August 6.