Gnabry thinks he would never have known the high of August’s triple-sealing Champions League triumph without this low.

On Sunday, Gnabry told The Mail, “At the end of the day, if I didn’t go to West Brom, if it didn’t go the way it did, I wouldn’t be here at Bayern Munich right now, I wouldn’t be a Champions League winner, I wouldn’t have had five trophies in one season, and I would be playing, I guess, in the best team in the world.”

“At West Brom, it didn’t go well, but I just kept working and that’s one of the things I’ve adopted: I always keep working.”

Gnabry defines the time of his career as making him “tougher” as a player, and what was definitely the loss of English football was Germany’s benefit.

After his 12 minutes in the 3-2 loss to Chelsea in August 2015, the Bayern winger did not appear in the Premier League again, transferring to – and starring at – Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim before finally joining Bayern in 2018.

Gnabry has 14 goals in 17 appearances for his country three years after settling in Bavaria, won back-to-back Bundesliga and DFB Cup titles as well as the European glory, while now his eyes are firmly set on even more success; both as a group and as an individual.

“I think it’s an ambition for myself to get better and better, to get into FIFA World XI, and eventually, you never know.”

Gnabry, who is assured of Hansi Flick’s side defending their Champions League crown having set up a meeting with Lazio in the last-16 of this year’s competition, said, I think every footballer aims for the Ballon d’Or.


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