Rio Ferdinand heaps praise on ‘discarded’ Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry

Olympique Lyonnais v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
Gnabry was in dazzling form for Bayern (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has hailed Serge Gnabry as ‘world class’ after the winger fired Bayern Munich into the Champions League final.

Bayern will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the final this weekend and Gnabry was the star man in Lisbon, scoring twice in the 3-0 victory.

Gnabry came through Arsenal’s youth ranks but was sold by Arsene Wenger in 2016 and has since emerged as one of the best forwards in world football.

Tony Pulis famously wrote off Gnabry after a loan spell at West Brom, but Ferdinand heaped praise on the 25-year-old following his latest performance for Bayern.

‘If you can get around 20 goals and ten plus assists, you are sitting at the top level, a world-class wide man,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

‘He looks a well-educated player, does all the right things with and without the ball. 

‘He’s got to be one of the most improved players in football at the moment. In terms of his trajectory, from where he was being discarded by Arsenal and West Brom to where he is now, wow.’

Bayern are the favourites heading into the final, but Ferdinand is convinced PSG will take the chances Lyon allowed to pass them by against the German side.

‘I can’t wait. There’s going to be goals the way they both play,’ Ferdinand said.

‘When we saw the draw, this was the dream scenario. Will they continue to be this open against PSG?

‘If they do this against (Kylian) Mbappe and Neymar, they’re gone, it’s all over.

‘PSG are guaranteed to get chances. Bayern are a special team, they’ve got so many ways they can beat you.

‘It is mouth-watering. PSG’s front three are just incredible. You look at the goalkeeper, his experience.

Olympique Lyonnais v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
Gnabry is part of a brilliant Bayern side (Picture: Getty)

‘That might be a concern. My worry for PSG was how they would apply themselves, but they’ve been brilliant in the knockout stages.

‘They’ve found a formula that’s working for them.

‘It’s not always about talent but it seems like the penny has dropped.’

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