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Canadian star Alphonso Davies arrives in Munich

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Alphonso Davies (67) celebrates after scoring against Minnesota United in July at BC Place. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Today, the Alphonso Davies hype-train arrived in Munich. 

Although Davies won’t be allowed to play for his new club, Bayern Munich, until Jan. 1, when the Bundesliga transfer window opens and allows teams to register new players, the 18-year-old Canadian has already arrived and begun training in the Bavarian capital. 

Bayern has struggled in the Bundesliga lately and is currently fifth in the standings, so the arrival of a new player has provided the club and everyone involved with the organization a much-needed distraction. 

German football magazine kicker ran a major feature about the Canadian on Wednesday, highlighting Davies’ path from a refugee to a full-fledged soccer star.

“Davies is a present for the game,” read the magazine’s headline on its homepage.

>>>Read more on what Davies can add to Bayern here<<<

Europe’s largest newspaper, Bild, in the meantime, was on location to document Davies’ first training session. In what was labeled a “secret training session,” Davies was introduced to his new teammates and was photographed speaking to Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman. 

“My first impressions of the training ground were great,” Davies said after the session. “As a kid, I dreamed of being part of such a big club. Now I am, and it’s unbelievable. I’m very excited and looking forward to my time. I want to prove myself every day in training and work hard.”

Bayern Munich sporting director Salihamidzic said Davies will be part of the squad and available to play beginning Jan. 4.

“We’re excited about him,” Salihamidzic said during an interview for the club’s website after the training session. “I’m sure he’ll develop here at FC Bayern and help us. I wish him the best of luck and success.”

Davies’ time at Bayern, however, did not start with the training session. On Tuesday the new Bayern signing was shown some of Munich’s best sights and then took in Bayern’s basketball game in the Euroleague against Olympiacos Piraeus. Ahead of that game, Davies took on new teammate Serge Gnabry, who skipped training today due to his recent national team duty, for an impromptu basketball session.

Overall, it was an eventful first two days for the Canadian star in his new home. Bayern, in the meantime, will be without its new signing until after the winter break, which begins Dec. 23. The German champion will then head to Qatar for a training camp and kick off the second part of the season Jan. 18 in Hoffenheim.

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