France and Bayern Munich full-back Benjamin Pavard has revealed his depth of gratitude for Didier Deschamps, stating that he would “die” for the national team coach.
The 26-year-old has been a regular for Les Bleus under Deschamps since he made his debut in 2017, back when he was still at Bundesliga side Stuttgart. Since joining Bayern Munich, he has progressed even further with the national team, making 45 appearances for Deschamps’ team.
Speaking about his relationship with the French coach, Pavard revealed Deschamps took notice of him when nobody was watching.
“We are close. If there is something to say, he will tell me,” Pavard said to Telefoot via GOAL.
“He is an important person. He came to watch the matches when I was playing in Stuttgart when nobody was watching. I owe him a lot. I would die for him on the pitch.”
Meanwhile, the right-back is hoping to nail down the right-back spot in the France team for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. But, he faces competition from Barcelona’s Jules Kounde, while Deschamps has occasionally opted to use three centre-backs and left Pavard on the bench in recent matches.
But the Frenchman has been included in the France team for the upcoming Nations League matches against Austria and Denmark.