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Niklas Sule very much still a part of Hansi Flick’s plans despite Chelsea interest

Niklas Süle
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The German defender has not seen regular game time lately but is still very much a part of Hansi Flick’s plans.

Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule has the confidence of manager Hansi Flick after it was reported that Sule was a target for Premier League side Chelsea. According to those reports, fellow Bavarian David Alaba and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamenco are also on Chelsea’s hit list.

Sule still has a contract that runs until 2022 and the defender has made a total of 20 appearances so far for Bayern, however, starts have been hard to come by, with Sule only starting in two out of Bayern’s last six matches.

Despite this, Hansi Flick has nothing but support for the German defender who succumbed to a nasty knee injury last year. Flick stated that it is Sule’s ability to play various positions across the back which make him an integral part of the squad.

“Niklas is an absolute option, whether in the centre or full-back position,” said Flick.

“He did well at Schalke [in a 4-0 win last month when Sule played at right-back]. Don’t forget that he had a long injury.

“Niklas is a fast player who is calm on the ball and helps shape the game from the back. Given his size, he has absolute strength and I’m glad he’s on our team.

“We will see how everything develops and how he sees his future. I am satisfied with his development, you can rely on him.”

Duo still in isolation

Flick then stated that the club is waiting for both Javi Martinez and Leon Goretzka to return negative Covid tests before they can be used on matchdays.

Martinez’s isolation period ends on Wednesday and Goretzka’s two days after, however, Bayern’s next match against Hertha Berlin on Friday will come too soon for the duo.

“With Javi and Leon it is the case that we do a test after the quarantine, I can’t comment on that because I don’t have the results,” Flick said.

“Javi has to take the test and then it will be determined if he still has the virus in his body. We have to wait from day to day.

“We also know with Leon that it takes a few days longer. He also has to be tested, everything will depend on that.”

Adam Schultz
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