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Niklas Süle and Bayern Munich have reportedly put contract extension talks on hold

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Bayern Munich is not ruling an extension, but at this stage neither side is sure about the future of the relationship.

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At one point, Niklas Süle looked like he was going to be a foundational player with Bayern Munich for years to come. After the club inked Dayot Upamecano, however, the 25-year-old Germany international’s future is no longer set in stone with the Bavarians.

Per a report from Sport Bild (print edition), Süle and Bayern Munich have halted talks on a contract extension for the time being. The news comes at a tough time for Süle, who has vast potential given his natural size and speed, but is having some difficulty finding his top form after a devastating knee injury suffered in October of 2019.

Süle’s current deal ends after the 2021/2022 season and there have already been rumors that Chelsea would be interested in Süle, but it could be weeks or even months before either Bayern Munich or Süle make a formal decision on what is next. Given how David Alaba and Jerome Boateng are set to leave Bavaria for free, the club’s front office is probably not willing to let Süle enter the last year of his contract without a commitment.

What does that mean? If the two parties cannot reach some kind of accord, Süle could potentially leave Bayern Munich as early as this summer.