Joshua Kimmich has hailed reported Liverpool target Jamal Musiala as ‘amazingly good for his age’ amid contractual uncertainties with Bayern Munich.
According to The Telegraph, Bayern are halting contract talks for the in-demand teenager.
Musiala, 17, can only sign a maximum of a three-year deal at the Allianz Arena as a result of FIFA rules on under-18 players.
The current Champions League holders are intent on resuming discussions once Musiala turns 18 on February 26, in an attempt to secure a longer deal.
The fact that Musiala is already a regular at one of Europe’s top clubs should not be underestimated.
What’s more, the former Chelsea academy star has clocked up three goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances under Hansi Flick this season.
And, with Liverpool and Manchester United keen on luring him to England, Bayern could make Musiala one of the best-paid teenagers in history with an eye-watering £100,000-a-week pay packet, per The Mail.
Kimmich on Musiala
His teammate Kimmich is certainly an admirer of the England under-21’s international, too. He thinks Musiala would be more than deserving of such a showcase of faith from Bayern.
“Jamal is amazingly good for his age. He has good ball control and a clear mind. He always has a positive attitude and tries to learn from us,” the 50-time Germany international told the Bundesliga’s official website.
“He always plays well. He keeps the ball, has great dribbles and has already scored two or three goals. You can see his potential and, if he plays more often, he will develop and get better and better.
“I hope we, and especially I, can help him to become a great player at Bayern Munich.”
What RTK has to say
At just 17-years-old, Musiala is a perfect long-term investment should Liverpool look to sign the talented teen.
The likes of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner are all in their 30’s and entering the twilight stages of their career. With that said, Jurgen Klopp will require younger players to one-day integrate into the midfield set-up.
The Reds boss has a contract at the club until 2024, too. Klopp is clearly intent, then, on overseeing the transition of his current PL-winning squad. Securing exciting talents such as Musiala could go a long way in aiding Liverpool’s prospects further down the line.
By the time the likes of Henderson, Thiago and Milner are ready to be moved on, Musiala will, hopefully, be at a level where he can immediately slot in and make a difference.
Still, a lot hinges on whether Bayern are able convince Musiala that his prospects are best suited in Germany.
What is certain, however, is that if players of the ilk of Kimmich are publicly lauding the Stuttgart-born midfielder, then he is definitely someone Liverpool should be keeping a close eye on.