Bayern Munich‘s new signing Lucas Hernandez has revealed the pressure that accompanies a big-money transfer has not hit him
The former Atletico Madrid man joined the German champions for €80 million after some consistent shows for his former club and an incredible 2018 World Cup.
But Hernandez claimed that he never puts himself under pressure and aspires to live up to the huge sum he was bought for.
“I never put myself under pressure, but I am aware of all the financial effort made by Bayern to bring me in,” he told L’equipe.
“They’ve paid for a defender. Football today is full of these crazy sums, I know the reality. That’s why I worked like crazy and made every effort to get myself match-fit quickly.
“I don’t want to disappoint Bayern or the supporters. I’m on schedule, and I’m almost 100 per cent after two Bundesliga games.
“Bayern did everything to get me, and to make sure everything went well. Of course I will do everything for them.
“I started speaking German pretty quickly. I’m not a complicated person – I’m actually pretty nice. I integrated quickly. My French team-mates have been great.
“There is a strong French culture in Munich, with all the great players who have been here like Bixente Lizarazu, Willy Sagnol or Franck Ribery. He’s an idol here. Bayern is a big club but a small family.”
The centre-back also admitted that he played with a hole in a ligament for six months during his last few months with Atletico.
“It wasn’t easy to leave while injured and without finishing the season,” he admitted. “But I really shot my knee in October and November to go as far as possible with Atletico.
“I played six matches with a hole in the ligament. That’s what the surgeon told me when they operated.”
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