Nobody waited that his name appears on the list concocted by Didier Deschamps. Benjamin Pavard, summoned for the first time by the selector in French team, matured in a few months in Stuttgart. " Benjamin was very successful with his club and in selection Hopes. It is a central defender on the base, he can play other positions ", noted the national selector by announcing on Thursday the name of the new conscript, for the friendly matches against the Wales and Germany (in November 10th and 14th).
This actually multi-purpose defender arrived in Germany in July, 2015, for 5 million euros, from Lille, where it did not enter any more the plans of the trainer Frédéric Antonetti. He signed a contract until 2020 with Stuttgart. The last season, in the second division, he played most of the time side. He was then thought of as an artist, capable of the most beautiful gestures , but also to take mindless risks around his own surface. A talented, but too fickle butterfly to hope to reach the international level.
Pillar of Stuttgart " Pavard often played with provocating one casualness, as if he tried to obtain a role in a remake of the movie " Mr Cool " ", was recently ironic the local big national daily Stuttgarter Nachrichten. But the boy is intelligent. And the rise of the VfB in Bundesliga this year made him requirements of the high level become aware. " My game had nothing to do with the arrogance ", the native of Maubeuge defends himself, who admits that hi favorite models are Matt Hummels ( Bayern Munich) and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), both world champions.
Its sense of the investment,its power and its commitment in the duels, its game of head, its capacity to anticipate the races of the aggressors, and the safety of its master keys (92 %) make of him today the pillar of the defense of his club, current 12th ( 13 points) after ten days.
" I worked a lot on me ", said at the end of September this strapping lad (1,86 m) the curly hair, who especially improved his physical appearance, to hold out in the merciless jousts of the championship of Germany: " I think that I made progress: I matured and I became a man. "
Finished the useless flourishes in hisgame. Place in a more direct game, and more effective. " That also holds maybe my change of position, he analyzes. In central defense, I have more responsibilities than in side. Behind me there is not more than a guard. " International Hopes (15 selections), he had already drawn the attention of Didier Deschamps by his good performances. Next week, he will certainly dream to come into play against Germany, for a first meeting with the stars of the Bayern, of which Hummels, against whom he has still never played with Stuttgart.