FC Bayern Munchen’s towering defender Niklas Süle says he joined the Bundesliga Champions to take his game to the next level by surrounding himself with world-class talent.
Sule arrived at the Allianz Arena in the off-season in a big-money move from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, along with teammate Sebastian Rudy after their triumphant 2017 Confederations Cup campaign with the Germany national team in Russia.
At the age of 22, the 1.95m man mountain arrived with the experience of 117 appearances with Die Kraichgauer, where his inspiring displays helped the unfancied side to a fourth-placed league finish.
Now, having broken into the Die Mannschaft squad selection with seven caps, the former Eintracht Frankfurt trainee feels his decision to ignore the criticisms of joining Die Roten at an early stage of his career has been fully vindicated by his early season displays.
“The level of the sessions at Bayern is sheer madness,” he told Kicker. “When you have to deal with the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben – two of the world’s best players – every day, then you must constantly be on full alert during practice.
“But I’m getting better at it. It was one of the reasons I decided to come here so that I would improve.
“At a certain time, pressure in football is good and for me it acts as a spur. I wanted to take this step and must prove to myself that it was the right one,” he added, claiming the lessons learnt from the experienced Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng has been invaluable to his development.
Sule has missed just three games for Bayern this season, scoring once in 11 games.