It’s official: Sven Ulreich is leaving Bayern Munich for 2.Bundesliga side Hamburg SV. Ulreich has signed a three year deal with HSV that will keep him with the club through the summer of 2023 just before he turns 35 years old.
By all accounts, there is no transfer fee involved in the move, and it actually sounds like Bayern may have actually paid out to help facilitate the move. According to Kicker, HSV had been targeting Ulreich for some time, but they initially pulled out of the move due to goalkeeper falling outside of their salary structure; however, Bayern paid Ulreich “millions” in order to help the move take place. It sounds like the Bavarians wanted to help the veteran make the move now instead of forcing him to languish on the bench as the third goalkeeper in Munich for the year.
Danke, Ulle! ❤— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) October 3, 2020
We say goodbye to Sven Ulreich after 5 successful years. Good luck at @HSV_English, #SvenTheWall! pic.twitter.com/F2m6eT6LnI
“Sven is an extremely experienced goalkeeper,” HSV Sporting Director Jonas Boldt said. “With him, we have another pillar in the team that helps us pursue our goals, develop the young players and exude a high level of professionalism in the dressing room.”
And, what a successful five years in Munich it was for Ulreich. The veteran goalkeeper won the Bundesliga five times, the DFB Pokal three times, and the Champions League and DFL Supercup each once. His service to Bayern was tremendous over the years, and we wish him the best of luck in Hamburg.