Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle entered this season on a lame duck contract and his recent performances have impressed some important figures both inside and outside the club.
Real Madrid has put the spotlight in the summer of 2022, at which several world- class players end contracts with their respective teams, taking in the list of future such prominent names as those of Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba, Eduardo Camavinga or Leon Goretzka (Editor’s Note: Probably not), who would also be joined by a Niklas Sule.
The 25-year-old German center-back will be free on January 1, like the other players, to negotiate his arrival at Real Madrid at zero cost, something that would serve the Whites to reinforce the defense, that this season has been left without Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane — and who has only received David Alaba as a defensive signing.
While the criticism of Süle’s play and fitness last season might have held some validity, he has looked very good so far this season (admittedly a small sampling to fans) and has also reportedly impressed his bosses at Bayern Munich per Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg:
Niklas Süle is almost certainly staying at FC Bayern this summer. A contract extension is possible, but the club wants to continue to observe his performances. So far he's been convincing [Podcast Meine Bayern-Woche, @Plettigoal] pic.twitter.com/AMnXesUAD8— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 20, 2021
Sometimes everyone needs to step back and take a breath: It was only two years ago that many pundits were touting Süle as Germany’s center-back for this generation. A knee injury — and the subsequent “season after” effects — seems to have soured many on his potential.
Whatever the case, Bayern Munich will need to address Süle’s contract situation in the coming weeks — at the latest.