Kingsley Coman is where he feels comfortable again. Not as the seven-time champion of the Bundesliga, nor as the winner of the Champions League.
On the contrary, as only Kingsley. The 26-year-old Frenchman who can live authentically in the United States.
He loves the beach, the warm waters and the “vibes” of Miami, his family and living with little fanfare.
During his three-week vacation this summer, the Bayern star traded Munich for Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Bahamas – sampling the nightlife, beaches and the opportunity to live relatively anonymously – trading 10,000 photos for 10.
Kingsley Coman’s favorite vacation spot is the US, which allows him to exist semi-anonymously
Coman, winner of the Champions League 2020 at Bayern Munich, is getting ready for a new season
Coman played for Bayern in the United States in preseason friendlies
“There are things I can do here that I can’t do in Europe,” Coman told Dailymail.com exclusively from the Ritz-Carlton in Washington DC.
“I can go to clubs and not worry about someone taking a picture of me with a glass of champagne. I mean, if you’re on vacation, you can, but it’s always better if you can keep it private.
“You can just enjoy your time with your friends or wife, go out and do ordinary people stuff. You don’t have to try to hide. You can just live, not without limits, but sort of.’
While Bayern Munich are poised to attack the German Super Cup, Bundesliga and Champions League, Coman knows all eyes will be on the Bavarians if they want to improve on their shocking quarter-final loss to Villarreal.
With more titles in his sights, Coman is determined to take his game to greater heights.
“I think I’m a big, big player in my position, I play the football I like. I really think I’m at the point where I want to be and now I just want to move on to the next step.’
“I think to say I’m really complete because, as I always say, scoring is not the most important thing for me and I think I bring a lot to the team.
‘But if I can be like’ [energized] as i am in the beginning of the action at the end then it is perfect.
Sadio Mané (left) was a key asset and joins forces with Coman (second from right) at Bayern
The burden of taking Bayern to their seventh Champions League does not rest solely on Coman
“You don’t have many players who, even in history, could start the action, make all the passes and also be at the end. This is the goal I strive for.’
The burden of moving Bayern to their seventh Champions League does not rest solely on Coman’s shoulders, with summer signing Sadio Mane who will lead Bayern into a second season with manager Julian Nagelsmann.
The Senegalese is touted to play through the middle, as he did for the Reds leading up to their four-time chase.
Coman, who, meanwhile, can play on the left or right wing, is delighted that another series winner has been added to Bayern’s ranks.
‘I think it’s really fantastic. I’m a competitor and I really want us to have the best team possible,” he said.
“He’s one of the best in our position, in my position as a winger or a striker. When you play with these types of players, you can improve a lot, they can teach you a lot. I’m sure we can all grow together as people and also as a team.
Coman and Mané both arrived on the same day for the preseason and have already begun to build a relationship, with the Bayern statesman explaining complicated exercises in French – Mane’s native Senegal.
“I also want to be one of the best, so he’s definitely someone I’m looking for, but at the same time to help him, because I want him to be in the best shape to help the team.
Mane immediately impressed, scoring just minutes after his debut vs. DC United
“I know that when you first join the team, no matter how big you are, you have to settle in and it’s always easier when people help you.”
Coman has much to learn from Mane during their first weeks together, but looks forward to the pair filling the void left by star striker Robert Lewandowski, who left Munich for Barcelona last week.
“We all need to score more confidently,” Coman said after Lewandowski’s departure. “I don’t think there is a striker who can score as much as Lewy.
“He was the best striker for a few years, but if we all score five to ten more goals at the end, it stays the same.”
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There has been much speculation about the newfound flexibility Bayern will have without the Polish front-runner up front, although Coman has called for caution, especially during the embryonic stages of the impending campaign.
“We need a few games and a few months. At the beginning of the [last] season we were great and when it was the most important we were not so good.
“I know the season goes up and down, but when we change formation, everything is always difficult at the beginning.
“But once you get what the coach wants, then of course it’s good because we have the players to be great.”
Coman and Lewandowski have formed a formidable partnership during their stay in Bavaria
Before Bayern can take credit in Germany and abroad, Coman will leave for Qatar at the end of November, where France will defend the World Cup.
The Bayern winger cruelly missed his country’s victory in Russia due to a serious ankle injury months earlier.
Coman did play during France’s failed Euro 2020 campaign and despite losing the last 16 to Switzerland, the French are now more confident than they are for Russia.
However, the recent results are anything but certain. Didier Deschamps’ men are winless in their last four Nations League games, including two defeats to Denmark and Croatia at the Parc De Princes.
Coman faces a season with huge expectations, both on the continent and at the World Cup
Though nothing seems to slow the French steadfastness ahead of their opener against Australia on November 22.
“There’s more confidence, but after what happened at the European Championship, we know it’s really not easy,” said Coman, who has 27 trophies to his name.
“We can be a great team, a good team and lose to teams that should be less good. This has not lowered our confidence, but it has made us understand more that nothing is done before you do it.
“We will be really hungry again, because losing like we did in the European Championship is not enough for us. So we feel like we need to do something big.”
Given his illustrious career to date, you wouldn’t pass up Coman to add one more puff to his already vast collection.