“How I tried to lure German teen sensation Musiala to Super Eagles” – Rohr
Former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr had revealed how he tried luring German and Bayern Munich teenage sensation Jamal Musiala to play for Nigeria.
The then 17-year-old was eligible for Nigeria, Germany and England, having been born in Stuttgart to a father of Nigerian descent and a German mother.
Musiala was still mulling over his international future and having shown his potential at a young age, Rohr tried to convince him to choose the West African nation over the European sides.
“Musiala, I have the regret, he could play for Nigeria but he decided to play for Germany,” the Franco-German tactician told Own Goal Nigeria.
“He is a wonderful player, I met him when he was 17, and spoke with his agents and parents. Around that time, he couldn’t make a decision, and then a year later, he became what he is now, and that’s all.”
Musiala, who represented England and Germany at youth level, elected to play for Die Mannschaft, making his debut in 2021 and was part of Joachim Low’s squad for the Euro 2020 tournament.
The former Chelsea and Southampton academy graduate has never looked back since, shining for club and country and is currently one of Bayern Munich’s top players, having scored two goals while providing five assists, three of those coming in the last two games for the Bavarian giants.
Musiala is playing with the maturity of a seasoned player, his link-up play helping Bayern forwards Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller to score goals with ease.
The 19-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder, left winger or central midfielder, already has 17 caps for Germany and scored his first and only goal against North Macedonia in October 2021.
Based on his current form, Musiala will likely be among the first names on Hansi Flick’s list when he names his Word Cup squad for Germany.
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