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Niklas Süle: “I would definitely want to play in the Premier League”

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In an interview with DAZN, Niklas Süle discusses his desire to play in the Premier League and how close he was to going there before joining Bayern Munich.

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In his interview with DAZN, Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle says that he attracted serious interest from Chelsea before making the move to Munich to join the Bavarian giants. And although he certainly doesn’t regret the decision, the German international continues to dream about playing in the Premier League. He said,

I certainly put a lot of thought into joining the Premier League when I had the chance to [do so]. That’s definitely one of the leagues which I really want to play in. At the time, however, I saw the move to Munich as the best step. And as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern. Not only because I’ve found my way here, but also because the club, the fans, and the staff are all great.

He also talked about the upcoming UEFA Champions League game against Tottenham:

Our next match against Tottenham will be an extremely difficult game, [it comes] against a physically strong opponent. We have to go play our game, [play] with a lot of possession, and that’s how we can win against any opponent.”

Süle now plays with one of his former favourite players: Jérôme Boateng. After suffering from an ACL rupture in December 2014, he says he received well wishes from the veteran Bayern center-back, although they did not know each other until then. Süle elaborated:

He found out from Sejad Salihovic, whom he knows from his Hertha Berlin days, that he was my favorite player. When I received a WhatsApp message from him while I was at the hospital, that was huge for me.

The 24-year-old international has fought his way up the Bayern center-back hierarchy, and a lot of his success comes down to his unbelievable strength. He also learned this when he used to play with his brother, as Süle explains: “We had a small wooden gate in the yard. We would turn on the lawn sprinkler and then we would take turns taking each other right out on the wet grass. That’s why I can make slide-tackles really well today.”