Liverpool €32m World Cup hero target denies Bayern Munich move

Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has denied speculation that he has agreed a deal to move to Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old attracted attention from a number of top sides, including Liverpool, over the summer as he starred in France’s run to winning the World Cup in Russia.

Recently it was suggested that a €32m (£28.9m) deal had already been agreed for the youngster to move to Bayern at the conclusion of the campaign, but the player himself has now categorically dismissed the story as a rumour.

“You journalists said I had signed for Bayern but I am happy at Stuttgart,” he told L’Equipe. “The World Cup arrived sooner than I expected, even for me.

“My plan was to stay another season in Germany. I am at a very big club with fantastic fans. I have signed nothing.”

Pavard has spent two seasons with Stuttgart, who are currently bottom of the Bundesliga table after losing their first two games of the season.