Bayern Munich chief launches defence of Bryan Zaragoza’s signing from Granada

Bayern Munich sporting director Christoph Freund has on Sunday moved to defend the club’s signing of Bryan Zaragoza.

As much comes amid the Spaniard’s ongoing struggles to adapt to life in Munich.

Wide-man Zaragoza, for his part, secured a move to the Allianz Arena during the January transfer window, when the Bayern brass agreed to fork over an increased sum, to move his planned arrival from Granada forward by six months.

Safe to say, however, that the transfer has since not worked out as planned, for either party.

To date, the 22-year-old has been afforded just three Bundesliga appearances, for a grand total of 50 minutes.

Such woes have culminated in suggestions that Zaragoza could even be on the move in the summer, with a number of La Liga clubs keeping a close eye on the situation.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, the subject of as much was in turn put to the aforementioned Christoph Freund.

Specifically, the Bayern chief was asked whether there is an internal feeling at Bayern that signing Zaragoza halfway through the season was a mistake.

Freund, however, in quotes gathered by Mundo Deportivo, was adamant that this is not the case:

“I don’t think it was a mistake to sign him. In the last two or three weeks a clear upward trend in his form has been observed. Of course it doesn’t look like that from the outside.

“He is becoming a more popular player. I even think it was good that he came in winter and not summer.”

Conor Laird | GSFN 

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