With two and a half years spent as a youngster at Bayern Munich, where in the final 18 months he learned from Pep Guardiola, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg enjoyed a footballing education that is comparable with the best. Guardiola took a shine to the teenage Hojbjerg and wondered if the Dane could become Bayern’s answer to Sergio Busquets – who Guardiola coached at Barcelona – in defensive midfield.
Hojbjerg struggled to establish himself at Bayern, and so he looked elsewhere for first-team football. He has ended up playing a key role for Ralph Hassenhüttl’s Southampton, having been appointed captain by their former manager Mark Hughes – a captaincy he then lost as he searched for a move from St Mary’s. Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City – managed, of course, by Guardiola – are all reportedly interested in signing the midfielder, who appears set on a move to further his career.