It’s official. Sven Ulreich has returned to Bayern Munich on a one year contract now that Alexander Nubel has completed his two year loan move to Niko Kovac’s AS Monaco. There’s also an option to extend another year on Ulreich’s one year contract. Ulreich returns after a brief tenure in the 2. Bundesliga with Hamburg SV where he made a total of 32 appearances. Ulreich has completed his medicals to make things official and he spoke about how he feels about his return to Bayern (Bild+).
Ulreich terminated his contract with Hamburg to be able to return to Bayern, and he said that it was the best move for both him and his family at this current juncture. “The north took some getting used to for a south German. Now it’s perfect! I am very happy to be back in Munich. The family is also very happy. We now live closer to home again, to Stuttgart,” he explained.
Behind the scenes, both Manuel Neuer and Bayern goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic had advocated for Ulreich’s return, knowing that is was most likely that Nubel would be going out on loan this summer. Neuer was always going to need a viable backup with Nubel’s departure and with Ulreich’s previous experience serving as his backup, he was the perfect fit to fill Nubel’s spot. “I don’t know exactly how it went. But I’m glad I made such a good impression — especially with a goalkeeping colleague like Manu and the goalkeeping coach. I am glad that you put in a good word for me,” Ulreich said of the pair’s push to bring him back to Bayern.
Bayern is set to take on Ajax in a friendly on July 24th, just a few weeks after Bayern’s official preseason begins under Julian Nagelsmann. Ulreich is going to start in goal for that friendly and he joked that he hopes Neuer won’t be back to Munich any time around that date due to Germany progressing further in the Euros. “I’m looking forward to Ajax! I hope that we will miss Manu for a longer time - not because of me, but because that would mean that the German team will come a long way at the European Championship and that he will go on vacation afterwards. But for now I’m looking forward to the start of training with the boys in a week and that I’m even here again,” he said.