When Pep Guardiola and his squad were getting ready to put the quarter-final to bed in Lisbon, Bayern’s technical director Reschke and his team were as usual doing what they are best at.
The technical team reportedly presented a three-year contract to Luxembourg’s Messi, or that is what he is known as in his hometown as well as in France, who goes by the name of Vincent Thill. Final discussions were held in Lisbon with Vincent’s agent Dr. Michael Becker and the 16-year-old would play with the Bayern Amateur team in the fourth tier until he reaches the legal age of 18, required to play for Bayern’s first team.
The Luxembourg native plies his trade for FC Metz’s U19 team in France. He has been under Bayern’s radar for a year and a half now, with clubs like TSG Hoffenheim, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and some unnamed Premier League clubs visiting his games to watch his performance. However, a renown French newspaper, Le Quotidien reported that Bayern was always in Vincent’s wish list and that he has always wanted a move to Bayern.
Current situation at Metz:
He has signed a contract up until 2018 with the Lorraine based FC Metz. The French club is demanding a sum of five million euros for Vincent and isn’t going to give him away easily, at least not this summer. In addition, the current French second division side is seeking training compensation, which amounts to around 360,000 Euros. This is, however, obviously affordable for a European giant like Bayern and considering the fact that Metz isn’t really in a bed of roses in their finances, they might make way for the move. However,Bayern is now interested in getting him within just a six figure amount.
He started playing at Fola Esch, Progrès Niederkorn, Rodange and Pétange before crossing the border to join Metz aged 11. In February 2015, Thill signed a five-year deal with the French club, currently in Ligue 2.
Thill’s family is engaged in sports from its very roots, his parents were involved with the national team in their young age, his eldest brother, Sebastien,is 22 years of age and has scored a goal for the Luxembourg national team in the UEFA Euro Qualifiers already. Another brother,Oliver,19 years of age is playing for the national team’s U21 side.
What others have to say about him:
“At the moment, he’s not on the same planet as our other young players. It’s a pleasure to watch him play. His strength is that he rarely gets beaten in a challenge. The only way to stop him is to commit a foul.” Luc Holtz, Luxembourg coach
“My friends at Metz told me about Thill. I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. Now he has to know that the rest depends on him having the right determination, mentality, and attitude. It’s all up to him. Metz suits him. It’s the perfect place to make your debut. I know his family. His father played against mine!” Miralem Pjanić, former Metz midfielder and ex-Luxembourg youth international
“The idea is that ten years from now, all of the Europe knows who Vincent Thill is – not to make him a great young player, but a great player full stop. His humility and those around him make him well-balanced. Coaching this kid is a lot of fun.” Olivier Muet, Metz academy coach
Latest on Vincent Thill:
He got his first cap for the senior national team in a 3-0 loss to Bosnia and Herzegovina to become his nation’s youngest debutant at 16 years and 50 days.Not bad.
Perhaps the youngster’s potential wouldn’t be as glorious and promising as the Argentine magician Messi, but his playing style is very similar. Having the ability to play anywhere in the attack, Vincent is best as a second striker or a playmaker. His small frame, ball control, and dribbling liken him to Messi as well. He also has his strengths in free kicks, having already scored directly from 25 and 30 yards for his national team’s U17 side. Left footed in nature, he is reported to play with an easiness and a lot of calm while on a one on one with defenders, and can easily brush past opponents. But at the same time, he is said to be a team player who utilizes his skills for the team’s good and doesn’t sport an ounce of selfishness in himself.
Should Bayern really push for him?
Needless to say, Bayern shouldn’t be stressing on this transfer particularly. Vincent is yet to start for Metz’s senior team and while many are tipping him to do just that, he isn’t still yet ready to play at a team like Bayern nor has he shown enough to have the potential to break into the first team a while from now.
For curious fans, his stats aren’t really available even in the top sites like Transfermarkt, nor do any popular TV channels actually broadcast matches of reserve teams or of Luxembourg itself, and all details come from people who have seen him play at Metz and who have observed his progress with the national team.
This might end up like Sinan Kurt’s transfer, who after his controversial move from Monchengladbach, couldn’t impress Pep much to get a chance, and with that, the arrival of many world class stars saw him move out of Bayern finally to play in Hertha. However, it’s not that Vincent cannot make it at Bayern, but looking at the current scenario, it would be best for Bayern to purchase him if at all the potential is good enough, loan him back to Metz and see the lad play in Ligue 2 for 2-3 seasons.