Report: 'Unbelievable' 26-year-old won't sign a new contract with current side, after claims Chelsea have now made contact

Niklas Sule has reportedly informed Bayern Munich that he will not extend his stay, with Chelsea seemingly ready to pounce on the player.

According to Sport BILD, Sule told those in charge of business at Bayern a few weeks ago that the renewal of his deal which runs out and the end of the season was off the cards.

The Bundesliga champions had apparently offered their defender a shiny new contract, with an increased salary of around £8m (BILD).

Yet, the 26-year-old rejected this offer, whilst simultaneously informing the club of his decision to leave either in January or the summer.

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This should seriously alert the Stamford Bridge chain of command, who have their eyes set on Sule’s signature.

Yesterday, Sport1 claimed that contact had been made between Chelsea and the centre-back’s representatives over the potential of a free transfer.

Sule loves silverware

Whilst he might not be the flashiest name in the game, the German international has plenty of pedigree to support his case.

Since signing for the Bavarians in 2017, the towering centre-half has played over 150 times, winning four league titles in the process.

Six German cups, the Champions League and Super Cup also sit neatly in Sule’s trophy cabinet.

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Managers past and present have given their stamp of approval to the decorated individual.

“I know he has unbelievable qualities and a lot of potential, which we try to bring out every day,” said current Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann.

“He’s played at the very top level in Europe and is developing fantastically.

His former boss at the Allianz Arena Hansi Flick shared a similar view.

 “Niklas is a great option for us. I’m really happy with how he’s developing at the minute. He’s getting better and better,” Flick proclaimed.

What will Tuchel think?

Two top German coaches have endorsed Sule, but will another of their compatriots feel the same way?

Thomas Tuchel probably knows a fair bit about the 6ft3in giant from his days as Mainz and Borussia Dortmund chief.

He will know if the Bayern man has the requisite skills to replace Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen, both of who could be heading in the opposite direction this month.

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BILD claim that Nagelsmann’s employers are interested in Rudiger and Christensen, whose contracts also run out in June.

Surely the merry-go-round of transfers will kick into gear before too long.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.