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Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick defends Niklas Süle amid transfer rumors

It does not sound like Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has lost any faith in Niklas Süle.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Lokomotiv Moskva: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

When news broke earlier today that Chelsea was interested in Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle, Hansi Flick had to know that Süle’s status would be a hot topic for his press conference.

The media did not disappoint and Flick articulated why he thinks the 25-year-old Germany international still has an important place in the squad.

“Niklas is an absolute option, whether in the center or full-back position,” Flick said (as captured by Tz). “He did well at Schalke. Also, don’t forget that he had a long injury — in the same knee. Niklas is a fast player, who is clear on the ball and helps shape the game from behind. Given his size, he is absolutely strong and I am glad that he is 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.”

Given how reports that circulated around Süle of late, it was good to hear Flick supporting a player who should be a cornerstone figure for both club and country over the next six-to-seven years.

It is entirely possible that Flick has purposely undertaken ultra-conservative measures with oft-injured defenders Süle and Lucas Hernandez — despite how impatient the players might be getting in waiting their turn. After all, if Bayern Munich is going to make another run at a Champions League title, it will need each of its defenders to play a vital role in making that happen.

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