For an 18-year-old Jamal Musiala has fitted quite a bit into his profession, residing in two nations – representing each – successful a title and now serving to Germany to the World Cup.
The attacking midfielder was born in Germany, the place his mom is from, however has a British father. He moved to England as a seven-year-old and performed for Chelsea’s youth group – earlier than shifting again dwelling to affix Bayern Munich.
He represented England from U15 to U21 stage (and Germany U16s) earlier than deciding to play for Germany’s senior group – and representing them at Euro 2020. On Monday he scored his first worldwide objective as they beat North Macedonia to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Musiala has already performed 48 instances for Bayern, scoring 11 objectives, and gained final season’s Bundesliga title.
He spoke to MOTDx about his life up to now.
On his early years in England…
After I was younger, if I did not rating I’d begin crying at dwelling.
My mom went to college at Southampton and we had been there for 4 months. I trialled at Southampton for some time.
Chelsea watched me at one of many video games we had at Southampton and so they supplied me a trial and I believed ‘why would not I’m going to Chelsea?’
My mum requested me if I’d need to play soccer in England as a result of it is a huge step to maneuver from Germany to England and I used to be actually up for it. I did not hesitate, I simply wished to play soccer.
I used to be form of nervous. I did not converse the language that good. I realized English in about six months.
On shifting again to Germany…
Bayern Munich got here ahead with an excellent plan on how I used to be going to progressively go from age group to age group however made positive I’d not be rushed. I simply trusted what they mentioned and went with it.
Now it simply feels very comfy. Initially I used to be very nervous and for those who simply take a look at the [star] gamers then, yeah, you see Robert Lewandowski frequently, it isn’t regular!
After which after some time, it simply turns into regular and I can say they’re form of my buddies now.
After I first got here in it was Thiago [who caught the eye in training]. His passing approach was simply superb to observe but it surely’s numerous the gamers. Lewandowski, it is his end and stuff, or Joshua Kimmich’s approach as nicely. It is all high!
My mum nonetheless drives me to coaching and picks me up as nicely. It is high quality. It is chilled however I am engaged on my licence. I must be having it within the subsequent couple of weeks.
On representing Germany as an alternative of England…
Typically I did not like fascinated about it as a result of it is a exhausting choice and generally it is higher to consider one thing else than to simply make the choice. On the finish of the day, I simply thought what was greatest for me and the place it might really feel most comfy and I simply selected Germany and you’ll’t look again.
Every thing goes in the fitting course. I really feel like I made the fitting choice despite the fact that England obtained to the [Euro 2020] last. I really feel no regrets.
I nonetheless have that love for England, my boys are there like Jude [Bellingham, his former England youth team-mate and current Borussia Dortmund midfielder]. I all the time want Jude the perfect. And if England are doing nicely, I am completely satisfied.
On his friendship with Bellingham…
We’re nonetheless in touch. We have now all the time been good buddies. Each England camp we had been all the time in the identical room, we had been actually shut. It is loopy to consider how far we have come and he is doing nicely, scoring within the Champions League, taking part in within the Euros as nicely.
It is good, we modify shirts after the video games, it is all pleasant however nonetheless we need to beat one another. It is loopy as we used to play at England collectively as buddies and form of now have a bit rivalry.
Earlier than the sport [against each other] we are saying ‘hello’ and stuff and we simply depart it at that so we each deal with the sport after which after the sport we speak once more so it is all skilled.