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Salihamidzic confirms Alex Nubel will not return to Bayern next summer

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says Alexander Nubel is not in the club’s plans for the 2023/24 season.

Nubel moved to Allianz Arena in 2020 after establishing himself as one of the top young goalkeepers in Europe at Schalke.

However, he failed to dethrone his compatriot Manuel Neuer as Bayern’s first choice and barely featured in his debut season.

Bayern loaned out Nubel to AS Monaco in 2021 on a two-year deal, and he has become a key player for the Ligue 1 giants.

The 26-year-old finished the 2021/22 Ligue 1 campaign with 11 clean sheets – the third highest in the league – and has already kept five clean sheets in 14 games this season.

With his loan spell expiring next summer, there are questions about his future at Bayern Munich, who he is contracted to until 2025.

Bayern director Salihamidzic has confirmed that Nubel won’t return to the club next summer, and Neuer will continue as the first-choice keeper.

However, the Bavarians reportedly still see Nubel as the future successor to Neuer, meaning that he might extend his loan spell at Monaco or sign for other clubs with no permanent clause.

Salihamidzic told Sky Sports Germany (h/t Buli News): “This[Nubel’s return] will not happen in 2023. After that, you have to see.”

“I don’t need to bring a competitor for Manuel Neuer. He’s our captain. He doesn’t need anyone to push him. We spoke to Alex about how he wants things to continue and at some point, we have to make decisions. But we’re not there yet.”

Neuer’s contract expires in 2024, and it is unclear whether be willing to continue with the German champions.

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