Update 7:40AM EST — The latest on the Süle scandal
In a report from Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), the details of why Niklas Süle did not travel with Bayern Munich to Wolfsburg have emerged.
Süle went through normal training on Friday and was including on the squad “B team” — he was not originally going to travel with Bayern Munich to Wolfsburg anyway:
Niklas Süle trained normally with the team on Friday and was with the 'B team'. Süle originally wasn't supposed to be with the squad against Wolfsburg - but after Sabitzer suffered an injury, Nagelsmann asked Süle if he wanted to travel to Wolfsburg, the defender said no [Bild] pic.twitter.com/DMimnWYdfO— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 15, 2022
After an injury to Marcel Sabitzer, Süle was asked to jump in and join the traveling squad, but he declined:
Nagelsmann: "(After Sabitzer's injury), We asked Niki if he still wanted to come with us. He said: No, rather not, because he hadn't prepared for it. That's why we left him at home."— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 15, 2022
The decision from Süle sparked controversy to say the least:
BILD: Süle's attitude is a scandal, considering that with his €8m/year wages, he earns approximately €170k per game. The defender also didn't show up in front of the fans in Nockherberg, although even players like Sarr, Roca, Tolisso - who are likely to leave - were there— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 15, 2022
There you have it...I guess?
A Bayern professional was surprisingly missing from the squad in Wolfsburg: central defender Niklas Süle (26)! Because he is moving to BVB?
Coach Julian Nagelsmann (34): “We had actually planned to make the squad completely full and to take players with us who will also be there next year. In Sabitzer’s case, he had muscular problems in final training. That’s why we had to leave him at home.”
The chance for Süle! But he apparently had no desire to be on the bench.
Nagelsmann: “In the final training session, Niki’s emotional state was no longer such that he wanted to take part. That’s why we left him at home.”
It’s unclear if Süle was like “F it”, “What’s the point?”, “I’m just not thinking this is worth my time”, or he maybe he got bitter that he wasn’t going to start, but whatever happened, it is clear that neither side was going to force the issue.