‘He has the chance to develop and learn’: Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn convinced summer signing Alexander Nubel will arrive as back-up, rather than as a replacement, for veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
- Alexander Nubel has already agreed a five-year contract to join Bayern Munich
- There were some fearing that the move signalled the end for Manuel Neuer
- But Oliver Kahn, now on the club board, believes that Nubel will be the back-up
Oliver Kahn has suggested that Manuel Neuer will remain No 1 at Bayern Munich despite the arrival of Alexander Nubel from Schalke this summer.
Neuer’s long-term future at the Allianz Arena has been thrown into doubt with rising star Nubel having already agreed to join the club on a five-year deal.
But Kahn, now on the Bayern board, believes Neuer will still get the nod, allowing Nubel to develop under him in his first season at the club.
Manuel Neuer will act as a mentor for new goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, believes Oliver Kahn
The 23-year-old will make a free transfer to Bayern when he leaves Schalke in the summer
Kahn was 38 when he hung up the gloves for Bayern and so is convinced that Neuer, aged 34, will remain as the primary option.
‘In general, as I have shown myself, goalkeepers can of course play into old age, but maintaining a high level is a great challenge,’ Kahn told Sport Bild.
‘In Alexander Nubel, we get a highly talented goalkeeper, who has the chance to develop and learn behind Manuel Neuer.
Kahn, who retired with Bayern at the age of 38, says Nubel will develop as Neuer’s deputy
‘Not many have the opportunity to work with the best goalkeeper in the world every day.’
Similarities have been drawn between the two goalkeepers given that Neuer emerged at Schalke before transferring to Bavaria back in 2011.
There has been reported interest from Chelsea in Neuer, considered the finest goalkeeper of his generation, but Kahn’s comments suggest he remains very much in Bayern’s plan moving forward – even with the arrival of Nubel.