Speaking to Sport1, VfB Stuttgart sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth suggests that the club would like to make the loan move of Alexander Nübel from Bayern Munich permanent.
Nübel joined Stuttgart in the summer on a season-long loan and when asked about the move Wohlgemuth said: “We were very insistent. Our goalkeeping coach called him several times a day. We knew immediately that he was a good fit for us. We’ll have to see whether he stays with us for the 6-7 years”
There is no option to buy in the loan agreement and Nübel’s current contract at Bayern does not expire until 2025, this means that Stuttgart will have to pay a fee if they are to keep the 27-year-old as it is unlikely that Bayern will want to lose him for free a year later.
Nübel may potentially have an eye on the goalkeeping situation at Bayern as once Manuel Neuer returns it could be easier to claim the number one spot in goal if the 37-year-old is not at the same level he was before his injury, while Sven Ulreich has shown that he is not able to be reliable at a high level.
Stuttgart have been the surprise team of the Bundesliga season so far as they currently sit second in the league one point behind Bayer Leverkusen. Under Sebastian Hoeneß, the club have been able to turn themselves around from relegation candidates to a potential dark horse for a European spot come May.
GGFN | Jack Meenan