The 44-year-old says the 24-year-old provides something his side were previously lacking and is convinced that he will make a great impact
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is eagerly anticipating the impact Douglas Costa can have on his side’s fortunes following his move from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Brazil international sealed a switch to Bavaria for a €30 million last week as the German champions look for long-term successors to Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu subsequently claimed that the 24-year-old is not ready to make a serious impact on the first team but Guardiola feels his side need his new signing’s qualities.
“We needed a player with a lot of quality in one-on-ones,” he is quoted as saying by Sport.
“He is young, has played in the Champions League and has international caps. We’re convinced by him.”
Bayern have started their pre-season training camp and the former Barcelona boss is delighted with how things have panned out.
“It’s a good period with little stress. We’ve started very well, the players are training very well.”
The 44-year-old also said he remains an ordinary man, despite the success he has already enjoyed during his short coaching career.
“My job is to coach but I’m just a normal person. I need contact with other people in the city, in restaurants. I love that.”