The central of Nice, formerly Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, has entered the radar of the Italian teams. Premier League clubs follow him too.
Two years ago, Flavius Daniliuc made the decision to leave the Bayern Monk in order to find more space. He was the captain of the Under-19, he had already entered the orbit of the second team led by Sebastian Hoeneß, who in June 2020 won the 3.Liga.
Today the Austrian central defender, who turned 21 on April 27, plays in Nice is on the radar of the high ranking of Serie A, especially since Naples and from Lazioand is also followed by several teams of Premier League.
His escalation in the space of two years has left many in awe, except those who already knew him from his Bavarian periods and, even before, when he played as a playmaker in the youth academy of the Real Madrid and of Salzburg. He has backed off his position. Traveling around Europe he has learned languages: he is fluent in English, German, Spanish and Romanian, his parents’ native language, and is learning French.
In the summer of 2020, in search of a new team that could guarantee him a longer playing time, among the various suitors he chose the Nice, then coached by Patrick Vieira, and Ligue 1. A square able to offer him the greatest number of appearances, more than he could do at Bayern Munich, who had a different path in mind for him. No sooner said than done. Last weekend Daniliuc reached 50 tokens with the Cote d’Azur club shirt.
“I knew that Nizza wanted me and knew it would take me some time, but it all happened very quickly for a young man like me. I have faith in myself and in my qualities ” he recalled last November.
Although his role today is predominantly that of central defensiveespecially on the right side (it is also his strong foot), in Nice he was also deployed as quarterback right in the 4-4-2 of Christophe Galtier – none other than the coach who last year won the title with Lille, overtaking PSG. Ductile, a bit like his number one example, compatriot David Alaba, crossed over to Bayern Munich.
And speaking of Paris: right against Neymar and teammates Daniliuc played one of the best games of his season last March 5th. He was used on the right out, being very often preferred by the pair formed by Todibo and Dante in the center, taking the trouble to try to contain Neymar, succeeding: the Brazilian lost 22 balls that evening, which ended with victory 1 -0 of Nice, and Daniliuc was awarded with a grade of 6 by ‘L’Équipe’. For the scale of the French newspaper, a very high mark.
Although fierce competition limited his playing time, Daniliuc in Nice nevertheless found a way to establish himself and confirm his talent.
“He always tells me he wants to play more, which is great – Galtier said last fall – Flavius has the great advantage of being multifunctional, it knows how to cover many roles “.
Since March 2021 it has also been part of the Austrian national under-21 and he is even a captain. The next step will be the call to the senior national team: a goal that could have come even closer with a coach who believes in young people like Ralf Rangnick.
And still speaking of goals: on 7 May he will challenge Nantes in the Coupe de France final. He will be able to win his first star trophy. Then, perhaps, take flight, even higher. Maybe, who knows, passing from the Premier League or from Italy, where Naples and Lazio observe.
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