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Bayern Munich contemplates loan of Christian Früchtl

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Früchtl, considered to be the heir apparent to Manuel Neuer, may be on his way out of Munich for additional seasoning.

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Per a report in Bild, Bayern Munich and 18-year old goalkeeper Christian Früchtl may seek out a loan arrangement with another German club where he can compete for first-team minutes.

Fruchtl may one day supplant Neuer, but needs more experience against first-team competition.
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Früchtl, a Bavarian who is considered to be one of the gems of the Bayern youth system since arriving in 2014 on a free transfer from Deggendorf Jugend, is mired behind stalwarts Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich; not to mention the venerable Tom Starke. With Neuer and Ulreich already under contract through 2021, both Früchtl and the Bayern management staff realize that the youngster’s best chance to compete on a big stage may be on a loan agreement.

A decision on Früchtl’s future is likely to be made within the coming weeks. Fruchtl, whose contract with Bayern runs through 2020, has a backer in goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic, who believes Früchtl will be ready to be the first team goalie “within five years.” Potential suitors for Früchtl are likely to be from the Bundesliga or Bundesliga 2, which would allow Bayern to keep a close eye on the progress of its goalkeeper of the future.