Kimmich: Time on the pitch is my priority

Joshua Kimmich has established himself as a regular in a strong Bayern side but reiterated earlier sentiments that he will not tolerate time on the bench.

The versatile player, who features as a defensive midfielder or right-back for club and country, put a number of potential suitors on alert at the end of last season when he made comments about his lack of starting opportunities.

Bayern has strengthened their midfield options dramatically during the off-season with the signings of Corentin Tolisso and Sebastian Rudy and Kimmich, who has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, could be forgiven for keeping his employers aware of his expectations.

In a recent interview with L’Equipe, the 22-year old raised the issue again, albeit with somewhat more diplomacy. 

“In the last two years, I played more times than a number of people had,” he said. “I think I’ve developed my game and Bayern are one of the best three clubs in the world.

“Few players have the chance to become part of this club. It’s absolutely fantastic to be part of Bayern.

“What’s important now is to play. And, for the moment, I prefer to play at right-back than to be on the bench,” he said, referring to his recently-adopted position.

“I’m playing as a midfielder at Bayern and right-back with the national team,” he continued. “Every two months, I have to get re-accustomed to the position. But my feelings as a right-back are getting better thanks to the time I spend with the national team.”

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