BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer is Bayern's No.1 but don't discount Ulreich, says Flick

Manuel Neuer shows no sign of letting his standards slip at Bayern Munich, with coach Hansi Flick declaring he is "clearly our number one".

Neuer is my number one and don't discount Ulreich – Flick on where Nubel fits in at Bayern

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has stated that Manuel Neuer will remain as the team's first-choice goalkeeper next season. And in a stark warning that underlines the system of meritocracy at Bayern, Flick stressed the incoming Alexander Nübel will face a battle for a seat on the bench.

Neuer discussing new Bayern deal

Neuer and Bayern are in contract talks, with the experienced Germany international having just under 15 months remaining on his deal. The 34-year-old has dismissed talk he wants a new five-year contract and both sides appear to want a resolution to keep Neuer at the club. Coach Flick considers him a key part of the Bayern side, telling Kicker: "Manuel Neuer is clearly our number one, nothing will change in the coming season. Alexander Nübel knows that."

Nübel will join Bayern from Schalke at the end of the season after the 23-year-old established himself as one of Germany's best young shot-stoppers. It remains to be seen where his first-team opportunities come up at Bayern, given Neuer's presence. And Flick made it clear he is not discounting Sven Ulreich, the current understudy to Neuer who has a year left on his Bayern contract.

"Alexander Nübel will have the same trust and the same appreciation as all other goalkeepers and players in our team," Flick said. "We want to develop him further, but it is also clear that performance is what counts at Bayern. And Sven Ulreich is doing really well at the moment."