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Niklas Süle is probably not leaving Bayern Munich this summer

Bayern Munich might not be able to afford losing any more depth on its backline.

RB Leipzig v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

Bayern Munich defender Niklas Süle looks to be staying put this summer as Julian Nagelsmann has reportedly determined that he needs the 25-year-old for the season per Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia).

There has been rampant speculation about Süle’s future from the time the signing of Dayot Upamecano was announced last winter. Now, however, it seems like Süle will do battle for a starting role. The big man reportedly showed up to training camp in good shape (one of the biggest knocks on him over the years has been his fitness) and ready to show that he is not going to cede his position on the team:

Plettenberg himself chimed in with a tweet stating that Süle has very well so far under Nagelsmann and is battling Tanguy Nianzou for a starting role in the opener:

Bild says that Nianzou is currently ahead of Süle because of his performances during this preseason, but it remains to be seen if Nagelsmann would bypass an established veteran for a younger, more inexperienced player to start the season.

Süle, who was rumored to be a transfer target of Chelsea FC, is entering the final season of his contract, though. If Bayern Munich does not reach an agreement with the defender this summer, the club could risk losing another valuable commodity for free next summer.

After losing both David Alaba and Jerome Boateng for free during this transfer window, it is certain that Bavarians would like to avoid letting another talented player walk away for nothing.