Ulreich reveals disappointment at Bayern Munich over lack of communication about Nubel transfer

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The veteran goalkeeper believes the club were not transparent with him over their plans to bring in a new back-up for Manuel Neuer

Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has expressed his frustration at the Champions League winners over their pursuit of goalkeeper Alexander Nubel.

Nubel’s move to FCB was announced in January, but the 32-year-old claims he had not been properly kept abreast of the situation as it developed.

He suggests that, as a five-year veteran of the Allianz Arena side, he deserved better treatment, though he claims that it was not the main reason for his summer move to Hamburg as he insists he just wanted to play again.

“We had received information in advance that there was something to the rumours,” he told Sport1, though he later claimed that he would learn of Bayern’s interest in the ex-Stuttgart goalkeeper virtually as the deal was being completed.

“It could have been handled differently. Of course I was disappointed at that moment, but from that point on I was aware that I wanted to do what I had in mind for a long time: to play again.

“I wouldn’t have been happy sitting on the bench for another year and not getting regular games.

“When you’re part of a team and you contribute a lot to being successful, there is a good atmosphere. When you win the games and you’re not on the field yourself, it can be a little sad.

“The last few months showed me that I wanted to experience more and to enjoy my football more again. I missed being on the pitch.”

Ulreich, who completed the switch to Hamburg on October 3 and is, therefore, yet to debut for his new side, said he took advice from Jerome Boateng before making the switch.

“He immediately said: ‘Wow! I can only recommend Hamburg to you,’” the keeper said.

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The former Stuttgart shot-stopper joined Bayern in 2015 and was primarily second choice to Manuel Neuer but went on to play 70 games over the course of five years, keeping 22 clean-sheets.

During his time with the Bavarian side, he won five Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League in August, albeit as a non-playing member of the squad. Indeed, he featured only once during the 2019-20 campaign.

The former Germany Under-21 international is presently contracted with HSV until June 2023.

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