Bayern Munich’s newest recruit Niklas Sule has revealed that he opted to join the Bundesliga champions over Chelsea because they are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The centre-back agreed a deal in principle to join Bayern for an estimated €20m back in January. Sule is understood to have to signed a five-year deal and will now complete the move from Hoffenheim this summer.
The German international had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions throughout the season, but following Germany’s 1-1 draw with Denmark on Tuesday, Sule explained why he chose Bayern over the Blues, as he also took a sly dig at Premier League clubs’ reliance on money.
Speaking to Bild, the 21-year-old said: “There was interest from Chelsea.
“It was just the right step for me. The Bavarians are among the top 3 clubs in the world, so I did not have to think long. The move to England was quite easy for me, I wanted to stay in the Bundesliga and prove myself at the best team.
“The fact is, no club from England could have the charm that the offer of the Bavarians had.
“FC Bayern is not depending on investors, does not get as much TV money as the clubs in England and can still compete with the very big sides in world football.
“The club is in an impressive position. That’s why I decided to change.”
Sule is expected to play a part in the upcoming Confederations cup that will be staged in Russia.
His participation for Germany will mean that he will miss the first few weeks of Bayern’s pre-season, but whilst some fear this could undermine his start to life at the Allianz Arena, the defender insists it will not affect his chances of playing regular first-team football.
He added: “No, I do not see that at all. FC Bayern have committed to me because the club is convinced of my qualities.
“Whether I start two weeks earlier or later is not decisive. The people in charge know what I can do.”