Defender Benjamin Pavard is proud to be wearing the Inter Milan shirt.

The Frenchman spoke in the matchday programme for this evening’s Serie A clash with Juventus, talking about what his move to the Nerazzurri from Bayern Munich means to him.

Pavard joined Inter last August.

The 27-year-old made the move from Bayern Munich, leaving the German champions after four years to try a new adventure in Serie A.

Pavard arrived to significant fanfare. He came with the pedigree of a player who had won the World Cup, the Champions League, and then a slew of league titles with Bayern.

And the Frenchman, formerly of Lille and Stuttgart, had some pretty big shoes to fill.

Pavard was the player Inter identified to replace Milan Skriniar for the long term.

And so far, that is just what the 27-year-old has done.

Pavard has cemented his place on the right side of Inter’s defense.

There was an absence of a month and a half after suffering a knee injury in a match against Atalanta at the start of November.

And the competition of the veteran Matteo Darmian and the impressive young Yann Bisseck for a starting place in the back three.

But after six months as an Inter player, Pavard looks more like he belongs in the role than ever.

Benjamin Pavard “Proud To Wear The Inter Shirt”

Pavard reflected that “Before a match I think about how to win it.”

“And, being a defender, how to not concede goals.”

“And then, I love to celebrate with the fans,” the Frenchman continued. “I play matches to win them. I play football to win trophies.”

“That’s why I’ve always dreamed of becoming a footballer,” Pavard said.

He looked back, “As a child I watched all the big teams lift trophies.”

“I don’t play football for the money, but for the trophies. That’s what pushes me to take to the pitch, I want to be proud of myself at the end of my career.”

Pavard reflected that “I think about where I am now. I’m proud to wear this shirt.”

“Or incredible moments like the goal I scored against Argentina at the World Cup in Russia,” he went on.

“Or the brace I recently scored against Scotland, in Lille where it all began for me.”