Former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim defender, Niklas Sule, says that while he was flattered by Chelsea’s interest, the temptation to move to FC Bayern München was too great.
The 21-year old, who made his first senior appearance for Germany in August, will trade the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena for the Alianz Arena come the end of the season but, he has revealed that Stamford Bridge could very well have been his destination.
"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," he continued.
"And Bayern are the top address – there is nothing greater in the world."
Sule will face a significant amount of competition for the Bayern starting XI, with Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng having an established partnership. However, this is not something the 1,95 m tall defender is concerned about.
"I think I can learn a lot from both," he said of his new teammates.
"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]," Sule added.
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