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Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick defends Niklas Süle amid transfer rumors

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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.