At 16, Paul Wanner is the youngest player ever to play in the Bundesliga at FC Bayern. Nevertheless, the chapter he has just opened with the record champions could end in the summer. However, U19 coach Danny Galm is hoping for a quick agreement between top talent and the club.
Paul Wanner became the second youngest player in the Bundesliga when he came on as a substitute in FC Bayern’s second half of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach (1-2) in early January. Only BVB jewel Youssoufa Moukoko was younger when he first played in the upper house.
Although the numerous stars of FC Bayern, who had to pass against Gladbach due to corona infections, are now almost all back, Wanner subsequently got further probation opportunities under head coach Julian Nagelsmann. He came on as a substitute against 1. FC Köln (4-0) and Hertha BSC (4-1).
The youngster, whose contract in Munich only lasts until the end of the season, should definitely be extended in the opinion of those responsible at FC Bayern.
U19 coach Danny Galm is also hoping for a signature from his protégé and revealed himself in an interview with “transfermarkt.de” Optimistic: “I’m in good spirits with Paul that he’s extending his contract because he’s held in high esteem at the club and it’s not for nothing that he’s the club’s youngest Bundesliga player.”
Talents move up to become professionals at FC Bayern
He is in regular contact with Jochen Sauer and Holger Seitz, the heads of the youth academy, as well as with chief scout Florian Zahn and discusses the “squad planning for the next few years,” explained Galm.
In this context, Wanner is an important personality at FC Bayern, as is center forward Lucas Copado or left winger Arjan Ibrahimovic.
Copado and Ibrahimovic’s contracts were extended to 2024 last year. All three were already part of Nagelsmann’s professional squad this year.
For young coach Galm, the appointments to the pros are something of an honor: “It makes a coach proud when you have coached players and the boys then make their professional debut.”