Earlier today, Bild reported that talks between Alexander Nübel and Union Berlin over a potential loan deal had already started. It’s a well-known fact that Manuel Neuer’s backup goalkeeper at Bayern Munich is pushing for a loan move away from the club, as he hardly gets any playing time even when his contract stipulated that he should play at least nine matches for Bayern this season. Those terms were negotiated and agreed upon when he joined from Schalke.
Despite what Bild reported, Sky Sport’s Torben Hoffmann has his own account which states that Nübel’s agent has denied the rumors that talks have already begun with Union Berlin.
“I have not negotiated or spoken to anyone from Union, there is nothing to it,” Stefan Becks affirmed with regards to the rumor from Bild. Even Union Berlin stayed pretty tight lipped when they were directly asked about the Nübel situation. ”As always, we will not comment on rumors,” club spokesperson Hannes Hahn told SID (Suddeutsche Zeitung).
Everything regarding Nübel at Bayern over the course of the past three months has pointed towards a loan move away from the club. Niko Kovac’s AS Monaco was the first club to publicly show interest in getting him on a loan deal, but Union Berlin came in to the picture shortly thereafter. Either way, it was clear that Nübel was unhappy with his situation at Bayern, having hardly played at all as Neuer’s backup. After they were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by Holstein Kiel far earlier than they would’ve anticipated, the opportunity for Nübel to play at least nine times as was contractually promised significantly decreased.
Now that Hansi Flick will be leaving Bayern and Julian Nagelsmann will be replacing him this summer, Becks would like to wait until Nübel is able to have discussions with the new manager before making a finalized decision. Nagelsmann might have plans to use Nübel more often than Flick did, and that will bare a lot of weight as far as what Nübel and Becks decide to do.