At simply 17, he turned Bayern’s youngest ever Champions League goalscorer earlier this season and appears very a lot at dwelling taking part in alongside world-class expertise equivalent to Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.

On Saturday, he scored with an exquisite effort in his aspect’s 1-1 draw with Union Berlin to remind the world of his effectivity in entrance of objective.

But regardless of tearing up the report books since becoming a member of Bayern in 2019, it was within the UK that Musiala’s soccer schooling was accelerated.

Having moved away from Germany as a teenager, Musiala got here by the academy at Chelsea while attending Whitgift — an impartial faculty in South London that has a historical past of serving to develop gamers which have gone on to grow to be excellent professionals, notably England worldwide Callum Hudson-Odoi and former Nigeria worldwide Victor Moses.

“I’m not saying we have a trained eye, but you can see just by the way they hold themselves, the way they apply themselves, their enthusiasm. Obviously, the skill level is way beyond,” Andrew Martin, Whitgift’s director of soccer, instructed NCS Sport.

“I think from the outset, Jamal was always marked out for greatness. Jamal just stood out, his goalscoring was phenomenal.”

Jamal Musiala has played his way into Bayern Munich's first team this season. Jamal Musiala has played his way into Bayern Munich's first team this season.

‘Steely confidence’

Musiala has stayed involved with Martin and the Bayern wonderkid nonetheless calls his former instructor “Sir.”

“He’s hugely respectful of those around him but he has a steely determination and confidence and self-belief within himself, which is not arrogance. Far from it,” Martin stated.

“I think that’s probably why he’s doing so well at the moment, he’s respectful of those around him. He’s obviously respectful of the world-class players he’s playing with at Bayern Munich and learning from them.

“But additionally, inside, I do know Jamal will consider in himself and can consider he is nearly as good as them and I feel clearly he is displaying that in the meanwhile.

“When he goes onto the pitch, he doesn’t turn into a raging monster, but he goes from a quiet, respectful lad to a world-class athlete.”

Martin nonetheless remembers the primary time he noticed Musiala play, when he was aged round 10 or 11. Unfortunately for Whitgift’s director of soccer, it was for an opposing workforce.

“I think that we got absolutely whacked 8-4 by this school that came from nowhere, not really being heard of,” he laughed.

“Jamal played that day and I think he scored five out of the eight. So I remember him. He was kind of a wiry little character but then as soon as the game kicked off, he was electric. Absolutely unbelievable.”

Musiala made his international debut for the German national team this year. Musiala made his international debut for the German national team this year.

Seven objectives in a single recreation

In lower than a yr, Martin noticed that Musiala, who was already on Chelsea’s books, had utilized to hitch the varsity and was happy to see him taking part in in a Whitgift package.

Without having any official hyperlinks, the varsity has constructed a repute and relationship with many native skilled golf equipment — 27 present pupils are half of soccer academies round London.

In addition to offering children with elite teaching, Martin and his workforce additionally act as a liaison to assist these boys stability their time between tutorial pursuits and soccer academy duties.

He took duty for managing Musiala’s schedule throughout his time at Whitgift and definitely reaped the advantages.

According to Martin, Musiala went on to attain 122 objectives in 36 matches throughout his three years at Whitgift.

Two matches specifically nonetheless stand out to this present day. The first was throughout an away recreation which concerned hours touring in a minibus to play a rival workforce.

The match was known as off shortly into the second half with Whitgift 10-0 up. Musiala had scored seven and, in accordance with Martin, had virtually received the sport together with his first three touches of the ball.

But while his attacking prowess was apparent to see, his maturity and dedication additionally shone by.

Martin remembers one other match when a younger Musiala was “kicked pillar to post” by the opposition. After an encouraging phrase in his ear at halftime, Musiala went out and received the sport with two objectives.

“That just summed him up,” Martin added. “His attitude and application was unbelievable … his drive and desire.

“He could be upset if he got here off and hadn’t scored the possibilities he’d been given. His requirements have been so excessive. It was unbelievable.”

Musiala's eye for goal has made him one of the most promising talents in European football. Musiala's eye for goal has made him one of the most promising talents in European football.

‘Immense satisfaction’

Although Whitgift is proud of its success tales, the school caters to all abilities. It currently runs 21 teams of varying levels across the years with over 400 boys playing. But no matter how good a player is, academic work always come first.

That’s partially because Martin, who played professionally himself, is fully aware that only a small percentage of players will ever make a career in the game.

“There’s nothing improper with these boys dreaming and desirous to be the subsequent Callum and Jamal and utilizing them as a yardstick,” said Martin. “That’s serving to to develop and enhance them at their very own price.

“I think that’s the beauty of our school, that we can help the boys who could be the next Callum and Jamal, but on the other end of the scale, we can also help and improve those boys who have aspirations to be it, but unfortunately it will only ever be a dream.

“Listen, allow them to stay their dream and allow them to get pleasure from it and progress at their very own price.”

Martin remains reluctant to use players such as Musiala to motivate the current crop but remains inherently proud of helping his former pupil reach the very top.

“To see his rise in six years is, sure, satisfaction. Immense satisfaction, I suppose,” he said, beaming at the memory of watching Musiala make his international debut.

“It’ll sound corny but it surely’d be like seeing my very own son happening and representing Bayern Munich and Germany. It actually is.”

Trophies are now on the agenda for Musiala. Bayern are seven points clear as it seeks to claim yet another Bundesliga title, but faces a tougher test in the Champions League quarterfinal.

Musiala was an unused substitute in his aspect’s 3-2 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, however he would possibly nicely be known as upon for the second leg on Tuesday as Bayern look to overturn the deficit within the French capital.



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