Jamal Musiala says he still has to pinch himself following a meteoric rise to the first-team ranks with Bayern Munich and Germany.
Musiala has registered 11 goals and four assists in 48 senior appearances for Bayern since debuting on the penultimate weekend of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season. The 18-year-old has also won nine senior Germany caps, and netted his maiden international goal in the FIFA World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia.
"It's crazy how quickly it has all happened. Sometimes I need a few minutes to get my head around it all," Musiala told Germany's leading sports specialist publication, kicker.
"From an early stage, I worked on being mentally prepared for matches. That gives me a solid base. I still get nervous before games, but am very calm on the pitch."
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Musiala's cool head and quick feet have helped him become not just Bayern's youngest Bundesliga debutant, but the club's greenest top-flight and UEFA Champions League goalscorer.
The ex-England youth international also ranks as the youngest player in the history of the Germany national team to appear at a major finals. To reiterate: he only has one full season of pro football behind him.
In the early part of 2021/22 - his second campaign with the Bayern senior side - Musiala has featured in all but one of the record champions' 11 competitive fixtures, starting three whilst producing four goals and three assists.
He marked his full Germany debut with an assist for Timo Werner in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Liechtenstein, and ninth cap with that aforementioned goal in Skopje, becoming his country's second youngest scorer (18 years and 227 days).
Musiala, who turns 19 next February, has a contract with Bayern through to 30 June 2026.