Mathys Tel is the biggest surprise at FC Bayern in the new season. The youngster is now a full member of the team. Now the 18-year-old talks about his changed role with the German record champions – and how Joshua Kimmich approaches the high-flyer in training.
By the start of the 2023/24 season at the latest, youngster Mathys Tel has fully established himself at FC Bayern. The Frenchman played an important role throughout the entire preparation and was able to impress in his position, especially as a joker, even after star striker Harry Kane was signed. The 18-year-old quickly became a fan favorite in the Bavarian capital and also noticed a clear change in his perception within the club.
Thanks to efficiency and a winning mentality: Tel has arrived at FC Bayern
Mathys Tel only moved to Säbener Straße in the summer of 2022 as a promising talent from Stade Rennes for 20 million and is already considered the Reds’ secret weapon. The youngster particularly shines with his efficiency: Tel only needs an average of 30 minutes of playing time to contribute to a goal. The 18-year-old is also characterized by his mentality and rejected all loan offers in the summer because he was determined to assert himself at the German record champions.
Three scorer points in just 56 minutes of playing time in this Bundesliga season speak for themselves. On Wednesday, the attacker scored his first CL goal in an FC Bayern jersey. The Frenchman is now not only seen as a great promise for the future in the media, but is also perceived within the club as a full member of Bayern’s professional team.
Youngster explains special relationship with Kimmich
In an interview with the French “L’Equipe”, the youngster spoke about the changing perception of him at FC Bayern. When asked if he now feels like a full member of the team, he answers: “Honestly, yes. I think I’m like any other player. That’s what it feels like.” The France U.S. international added: “The way I am perceived has changed. My teammates talk to me a lot and give me advice. We have developed a relationship in which I feel a lot of trust.”
An example of the interpersonal relationships with his teammates is Joshua Kimmich. This demands a lot from the top talent in training. The young striker reveals with a smile: “If I make a bad pass in training, he shouts at me as if I had done something crazy.” But then the 28-year-old explains to the top talent that he is only doing this for his own good, to help him become a top player.