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‘By far the world’s best goalkeeper’ – Manuel Neuer will still be Bayern’s first-choice next season

By Steve Jennings

Published: 8:30, 12 March 2020

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick looks to have confirmed Manuel Neuer will remain the team’s first-choice goalkeeper next season.

Alexander Nubel is set to join Bayern from Schalke on a free transfer in the summer, raising questions over Neuer’s standing going into the 2020/21 campaign.

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  • Neuer has been considered one of Europe’s leading goalkeepers for the past decade.
  • In that time he has made 374 appearances for Bayern, winning seven Bundesliga titles.
  • However, his performances for club and country have come under scrutiny over the last couple of years.
  • Subsequently, his place between the sticks for Germany has been threatened by Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
  • But Bayern boss Flick seems to think Neuer will not lose his spot in the Bayern team any time soon.

But Flick, who is contracted to Bayern as manager until the end of the current season, has suggested the goalkeeper hierarchy will stay the same at the Allianz Arena next term, regardless of Nubel’s arrival.

When asked about Neuer by German outlet Sport Bild, Flick did not hold back in his praise for the 33-year-old.

“He is by far the best goalkeeper in the world, I have no doubts about that,” Flick said.

“Therefore, there is no alternative for me. Manuel leads the team, it gives him the necessary security.

“We have a clear hierarchy with the goalkeepers. It will be the same next year.”

Neuer has started in all 25 of Bayern’s Bundesliga matches this season, conceding 26 goals and keeping 10 clean sheets.

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Meanwhile, Nubel has started 20 league games for Schalke this term, conceding 27 goals and keeping six clean sheets.

In January, Bayern announced the 23-year-old will arrive at the Allianz in the summer when his Schalke contract expires.