The upcoming winter transfer window got trickier for Bayern Munich on Thursday after Alexander Nubel expressed no desire to break his loan spell at Monaco. The German goalkeeper is eager to fulfill two years of the loan deal with the French club and return to Bayern in the summer.
Nubel had emerged as the first choice option for Die Roten this month after Manuel Neuer broke his leg on a ski trip. The defending Bundesliga Champions wanted to recall Nubel to replace Neuer in the second half of the season. However, Nubel is keen on playing for Monaco rest of the season.
Bayern has been in talks with Monaco to end Nubel’s loan spell. The French club doesn’t want to lose their first-choice goalkeeper midway through the season. The talks between the two clubs have stalled since Monaco doesn’t have a replacement lined up, and Nubel also wants to play in Ligue 1 for the rest of the season.
Former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath believes that Alexander Nubel should look to sort out a return to Bavaria in January. While talking to Sky Sports (via Sport1), Magath believes that it is too good a chance for Nubel to turn down at this stage of his career.
"“I think he has to try if there’s an option. The situation would be different if Nubel had an offer from another top club, with certainty , to still be in goal in six months. Then I would tend to do that if I were him.”“It is an incredible opportunity because he will be allowed to play in the Champions League and that is a great stage.”"
Alexander Nubel will certainly start most of the games if he returns from Monaco in January. Bayern is looking for a goalkeeper that can be number one in Ruckrunde. The next five months will be great for Die Roten to assess Nubel as the long-term successor of Neuer.
Nubel has been very vocal about his long-term plans at Bayern. The former Schalke goalkeeper will not stay in Bavaria if he is not guaranteed consistent playing time. He has progressed well after playing regularly at Monaco in the last 18 months, so he is content with staying in Ligue 1 for the rest of the campaign.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper will look for a permanent transfer in the summer if Bayern cannot guarantee him regular game time. The presence of Manuel Neuer in the squad will definitely mean that Nubel has to be number two. Die Roten will have to come up with a solid plan that will allow adequate game time for both goalkeepers.
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For now, Nubel should take the opportunity of going back to Bavaria in January. He will get the chance to play in big games for Die Roten. It will provide him with the barometer of his development at Monaco in the last 18 months. The former Schalke goalkeeper can make a call on his long-term future in the summer.