Kevin Volland, Wissam Ben Yedder, Monaco

Kevin Volland living the dream at Monaco

Kevin Volland living the dream at Monaco

Publish on 01/29 at 21:49


With 10 goals and seven assists already, Kevin Volland is enjoying a fantastic debut season with AS Monaco…

The bustling attacker has forged a brilliant partnership with Wissam Ben Yedder, and the pair's goals have helped Niko Kovac's team into fourth in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats standings.


In completing his switch from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, the 10-time Germany international was, in some ways, living out a childhood dream.


First Monaco jersey


"When I was a kid, I often went on holiday to Italy," Volland told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS. "There were always football shirts on sale everywhere. So, I got a Monaco shirt, with Fernando Morientes on the back. I remember this well because I'd play football everyday with my brother in the garden or in the cellar. We would take shots or play one-on-one wearing our shirts. It's a vivid memory of mine."


Volland took a few weeks to acclimatise to life in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, but by the time Monaco hosted Paris Saint-Germain in Round 11, he was very much in tune with his new surroundings.


The 28-year-old scored two and won his side a penalty in a 3-2 win - the type of result Volland believes Monaco should be registering on a regular basis.


Watch: Highlights of Monaco's 3-2 win over PSG



"You can see now how big this club is, it showed when we beat PSG," he said. "Everybody in Europe knows about Monaco. Even in Germany, this club's talked about, especially after winning a game like that one. That put us on the forefront of the international scene. This is a historic club that has won lots of titles, that has reached a Champions League final. It's something special."


Volland isn't the first German striker to excel at the Stade Louis II. Jurgen Klinsmann scored 29 goals in two seasons with Monaco in the 1990s, while Oliver Bierhoff left behind fond memories from his performances in 2001/02.


'Greats of the game'


"They're greats of the game," Volland continued. "Olivier Bierhoff is a legend in Germany, and so is Klinsmann. When you look at Monaco's history, and the world class players who've played here, it's an honour to follow them. You feel special when you pull on this shirt. At the stadium, when you see the pictures of the club legends on the walls, the great players who have worn this shirt before me, it's really impressive."


Jurgen Klinsmann


Volland is now writing his own name into Monaco's history books. His 10 goals have come in his last 13 league appearances. If he keeps this form up it is surely only a matter of time before he is recalled to the German national team for the first time since 2016.


"I haven't been called up for four years now," he lamented. "I have to be pragmatic. I haven't been called up despite me performing regularly these past few years. That's how it is, and I have to accept it. It hasn't changed the way I play or the way I behave on the pitch with my teammates.




"I'll keep working hard until the end of my career. That's how I've managed to be successful and whatever happens, happens. I can't do anything more. I haven't always been in good form, but for the large part of my career I've been decisive. Nobody can tell me that I don't give my all anyway."


Volland is out to add to his goal haul against FC Nantes this Sunday, and with the form he's shown of late, it wouldn't be safe to bet against him doing exactly that.

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