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Sule has already picked his next club, says agent

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 6 Feb 2022

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Niklas Sule already knows which club he will join when leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season, according to the defender’s agent Volker Struth.

Germany international Sule confirmed to the club last week he will exit the Allianz Arena when his contract expires in four months’ time, having failed to agree to a new deal.

That led to criticism from club legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who stated Sule “never really asserted himself in his position” at Bayern.

Former Bayern skipper Stefan Effenberg went one further by accusing the 26-year-old of “deciding against sporting success for more money”, with newly rich Newcastle United among the sides linked.

But the player’s representative has refuted those claims, insisting Sule’s decision to leave Bayern is not financially motivated.

“I think I would have a problem if we were to announce in a few days that the player would move to Newcastle and I’m sitting here explaining that the money isn’t the priority,” Struth told Sport1.

“We never negotiated [with Bayern]. There was only a verbal approach. We met, spoke about it and I signalled at the time that the player was considering whether he wants to extend his contract. 

“It wasn’t about the money at all. A conversation was planned in January. Niklas spent Christmas with his family, called me at the time and said: ‘I don’t want that anymore. I don’t want this appointment to take place.’ 

“It has nothing to do with money at all. I spoke to [sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic about a possible renewal, that was in late autumn last year – six or seven months before the end of his contract.

“By then, Sule had already decided and told me: ‘I want to do something different.'”

Asked if Sule’s next destination is already known, Struth said: “Yes, that’s for sure. Niklas recently made a decision, and I would be surprised if he changes it again.”

Sule joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in 2017 and has made 159 appearances for the club, winning four Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokal crowns, as well as the 2019-20 Champions League.

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