Blossoming into one of Europe’s finest wide players, Kingsley Coman has insisted that he envisages his long-term future at Bayern Munich and plans to remain at the Allianz Arena for the duration of his current contract at the very least.
“I’ll definitely be here for the next five or six years … I’ve only just signed a new contract until 2023 and I’ll be staying that long,” Coman said in an interview with SportBild. “If I ever had to leave Bayern it would only be for a bigger club, but I don’t think there are any [bigger than Bayern]! I hope I’ll always play for clubs like Bayern, who win trophies.”
Coman, 21, has won a league title in every season since turning professional in 2012/13 - twice with hometown club Paris Saint-Germain, twice with Juventus in Italy and then in each of the last two seasons with Bayern.
The winger and Bayern are well on their way to another Meisterschale and currently sit 16 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
The record champions’ charge up the table has been inspired by Jupp Heynckes, who took over in October after Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.
For his part, Coman has thrived under Heynckes’ tutelage, scoring all three of his Bundesliga goals since the 72-year-old took the reins, including most recently in Matchday 20’s 5-2 win against Hoffenheim.
Watch: Coman reflects on Bayern's thumping victory over Hoffenheim
“Things have been going a lot better since he’s come in,” Coman said. “The most important thing to do if you want to improve as a player is to play a lot. On top of that, he’s been giving me lots of advice and suggestions as to how to improve. He really tries to help and works on the little things. He’s a very good coach - one of the best I’ve ever had.”
During his last spell at the club, Heynckes bowed out on a high by guiding Bayern to an unprecedented Bundesliga/DFB Cup/UEFA Champions League treble and Coman is bullish about repeating the feat this season.
“The most important thing is that we don’t pick up any major injuries,” he said. “If that’s the case then we can beat anyone. We’ve already shown that in the big games this season, such as against PSG or [Borussia] Dortmund.”
Two players in the Bayern ranks with experience of winning the treble are Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Coman’s rivals for a spot on the wing.
“I don’t really see Franck as competition,” he said. “He’s a teammate. I can also play on the right, which would make Arjen Robben my rival. The three of us get on well, though ... Franck has always helped me and offered me advice to get better. He’s a real team player and wants the team to be successful.”