Ryan Gravenberch set the world alight during his time at Ajax and was attracting interest from clubs all over Europe before his £31.5 million move to Bayern Munich in the 2022/23 summer transfer window.
However, both he and Bayern Munich have endured a slow start to the season, which led to some fans questioning whether or not a Premier League club would have been a better option for the 20-year-old.
It is a possibility, but speaking in his exclusive CuaghtOffside Column, Fabrizio Romano said: “It’s been a difficult start to the season for Bayern Munich, and Ryan Gravenberch has spoken publicly about being disappointed not to play more since his move from Ajax.
“Still, it was never close between Ryan Gravenberch and any English club. Juventus had an interest but it was more than one year ago, as Bayern have been working on this deal for more than one year with his agents”
It, therefore, appears that despite rumours to the contrary, Gravenberch never came close to securing a Premier League move.
Ryan Gravenberch ‘Was Never Close to a Premier League Move’ This Summer
Gravenberch on whether he's disappointed not having started any Bundesliga game: "Honestly yes I am. You want to play but the manager picks other players. I have to accept it but it's difficult. I was hoping for more minutes but I have to stay calm" [@ESPNnl via @TheEuropeanLad] pic.twitter.com/Qfo5yZodVk
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 20, 2022
Gravenberch’s Slow Start to the Season
Much like Bayern Munich, Gravenberch too has endured a slow start to the campaign, making just eight appearances in all competitions – the majority of which coming from the bench. As a result of his limited minutes, and subdued performances when he has been on the pitch, Gravenberch has seen himself lose his spot in Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands squad.
In an interview with ESPN.nl, Gravenberch publicly stated his disappointment with his current lack of playing time at Bayern Munich, saying: “I have no regrets with joining Bayern. But to be honest, I’m disappointed as you want to play, it’s normal.
“I have to accept it but it’s difficult. I have to stay calm. I hope to have more space after the international break.”
One thing is for sure though, Gravenberch needs to find a way to force himself into Bayern Munich’s starting eleven if he has aspirations of representing the Netherlands at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Main Image Credit Embed from Getty Images