TSG 1899 Hoffenheim defender Niklas Süle reveals he that Chelsea made an approach for him, but instead chose to join Bayern Munich
“Both offers came almost simultaneously,” he told TZ. “Of course it was huge for me that the Premier League leaders showed interest in me, but it felt better to stay in the Bundesliga.
“And Bayern are the top address – there is nothing greater in the world.”
Süle will compete for a starting place alongside Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.
“I think I can learn a lot from both,” he said. “If I look at myself every day, compared to Mats and Jerome, I can bring myself to a completely new level.
“They are much more experienced than me and unbelievable on the ball. When you see how Mats builds the game, that’s madness. With Jerome it’s his dynamism, his athleticism and his one-on-one duels.
“If I play, I’ll probably always be on the side of one of those two. I hope that I profit from it and then somehow get through [to the first team].”
Süle also revealed he was approached by the Turkish FA to play for their national team, despite his umlaut coming from his Hungarian heritage.
“In the U16s, I was called by the Turkish national team, who wanted me to play for Turkey,” Süle told TZ. “My name is not from Turkey, but from Hungary. My father was born here, but he also had a Hungarian passport until he was 16.”
Süle will play for Bayern Munich next season.