Bayern’s Alphonso Davies envisions long-term future at left-back

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LONDON: Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies envisions his long-term future at left-back after excelling in the role this season. Davies started his career as a winger but has been frequently deployed in defence due to long-term injuries for centre-backs Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez, the latter of whom can also play on the left side of a back four.

Following a string of impressive performances, the 19-year-old Canada international was last week handed a two-year contract extension, meaning his deal at the Allianz Arena now runs until 2025.

Davies does not expect to be playing higher up the pitch again any time soon, though, and detailed how regular left-back David Alaba, who has been shifted into the centre of defence, has helped him adapt.

“I’m proud of my achievement but right now thinking about it, it’s all because of the team I’m with,” Davies said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“The team’s playing well, everyone’s playing well, and I also have a world-class left-back playing next to me helping me out as well. Having all those factors in place just makes it a lot more fun.

“I came out as a winger, I played as a winger a couple of games. Right now, my main attribute is left-back, I’m enjoying the position. I’m enjoying every moment of it but in the future, I still see myself as a left-back. I don’t see it changing any time soon. —Agencies

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