Bayern Munich coach has Alphonso Davies ‘earmarked’ for first-team


Alphonso Davies, centre, in training with Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac, left, and Thomas Müller. (Photo: FC Bayern)

Canadian soccer phenom Alphonso Davies is set to make his Bundesliga debut in the new year with Bayern Munich, and coach Niko Kovac won’t waste any time getting the young talent playing alongside the club’s stars, saying Davies is “definitely a player we have earmarked for the first-team.”

The club acquired Davies back in July when it agreed to a record-breaking transfer with Davies’ MLS club, the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 18-year-old winger has just begun a training stint with his new club, but won’t be officially eligible to play for Bayern Munich until Jan. 4 upon the re-opening of the international transfer window.

“He’s a very talented young player who drew interest from more than just Bayern,” Kovac said of Davies, via the league’s website. “We’re very happy to have signed such a diamond in the rough.”

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Davies, who registered eight goals and nine assists with Vancouver this season, drew significant interest from European teams including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool.

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