Maxim Choupo-Moting still looks back fondly on his year at Stoke City – and he can look back on it from a nice position with the Champions League winners.
Choupo-Moting had the huge task of replacing West Ham-bound Marko Arnautovic when he joined Stoke as a free agent in the summer of 2017 – and Stoke were duly relegated from the Premier League at the end of his debut season.
He left the club by mutual consent on the of their return to the Championship and landed a surprise move to Paris St Germain, who he helped reach the Champions League final last season.
There was another surprise left in the tank as, now aged 31, he subsequently left PSG to join their opponents in the final, Bayern Munich. He scored twice on his Bayern debut, a German Cup romp against FC Duren, and has since played in league and Europe.
And he told BBC Africa: “I am very happy I went to Stoke, it was a great year even if we got relegated.
“Of course, it was a sad moment for all of us, it was a difficult season but I was happy to get experience in the Premier League.”
He added: “After the season, I had immediate contact with (Thomas) Tuchel over a period of one or two months and he told me he would be happy if I joined Paris Saint-Germain,” the striker explained.
“When I started professionally, my dream was to play one time at the highest level, the Champions League with one of the biggest team in the world.”
Choupo-Moting is competing with Robert Lewandowski for starts in the Bayern team.
He said: “If such a big team wants you to come, they would have their reasons and it shows that can do your part and you can help this team.”