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Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick praises Alexander Nübel, but loan threat still persists

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Alexander Nübel wants more playing time.

Sport-Club Freiburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Bayern Munich back-up goalkeeper Alexander Nübel is considered one of Germany’s brightest (relatively) young prospects.

The 24-year-old acquitted himself nicely in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with SC Freiburg and earned a solid review from head coach Hansi Flick.

“Alex Nübel played a good game, he proved himself a few times, especially in the second half,” said Flick (as captured by kicker).

Nübel, however, is at a key juncture of his career and needs more field time than Bayern Munich can likely offer in the immediate future. Manuel Neuer is the world’s best goalkeeper and had another stellar season in between the sticks for the Bavarians.

Sport1 issued a report stating that Nübel’s camp is downplaying the reports last week where future Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn said he wanted to keep both Neuer and Nübel for next season:

Sports director Oliver Kahn wants to keep Nübel because of his qualities. However, the new player wants to play more regularly.

Nevertheless, he still plans to go on a loan in the coming season in order to get match practice. Four games are not enough for him, especially since he was promised significantly more games when he signed his contract.

According to SPORT1 information, in addition to AS Monaco from coach Niko Kovac, OSC Lille is also hot for Nübel. The Ligue 1 leader has already contacted Backs. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic also knows of the interest of the French, who are very likely to play in the Champions League in the coming season. Lille wants to loan Nübel for two years because their own goalkeeper Mike Maignan will move to AC Milan.

Nübel is just one of three goalkeepers — with Ron-Thorben Hoffman and Christian Früchtl — who could be looking to leave Bavarian this summer. Any movement on those three players will have a trickle-down effect on the first-team roster and with Bayern Munich II.