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Benjamin Pavard drops transfer hint amid uncertain Bayern Munich future

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has fuelled speculation by hinting that he could leave the Allianz Arena.

The Frenchman’s contract expires in 2024, and he was heavily linked with an exit in the summer transfer window.

Pavard has been involved in off-field controversies lately, from getting caught drunk and driving to showing a lack of discipline on the training ground.

The 26-year-old was said to have become frustrated with a drop in playing time in recent weeks, with Noussair Mazraoui becoming the first-choice right-back for Julian Nagelsmann.

However, Pavard has started all of Bayern’s last three games in place of the injured Matthijs de Ligt.

The French World Cup winner has now stated there hasn’t been any development in contract talks, and he is open to pursuing a new challenge.

Pavard told L’Equipe (h/t Fabrizio Romano): “There’ve been no concrete talks over a new contract. I’ve immense respect for Bayern – I’m not against discovering a new project.

“Maybe now is the time. Why not discover a new country? The sporting project has to be interesting.”

Pavard’s comments will serve as a boost for top European clubs who are keeping tabs on his situation.

La Liga giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have expressed their interest, with the former looking to continue their strategy of signing top-class free agents.

Premier League giants Manchester United are also said to be a suitor for Pavard as they are in the market for a new right-back.

The Red Devils are working towards the contract extension of Diogo Dalot, whose contract runs out next summer.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been frozen out of the squad since Erik ten Hag’s appointment as manager.

Man Utd are looking to offload the former Crystal Palace star in the January transfer window and sign a replacement for him.

The possibility of Pavard’s exit in January looks less owing to his importance to Bayern. Next summer will be an excellent opportunity to sign him for a cut-price fee if he opts against a renewal with the Bavarians.

He has been chosen by France manager Didier Deschamps for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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