Nico Schlotterbeck responds to rumours

After outstanding performances in the SC Freiburg jersey, Nico Schlotterbeck has caught the eye of many top clubs. In the meantime, even FC Bayern and BVB are said to be interested in the central defender, who is absolutely set under Christian Streich at the Breisgauers. The coveted defender has now commented on the speculation about his person.

At least indirectly, the 22-year-old left no doubt in an interview with “Sport Bild” that he could well imagine moving to a bigger club than SC Freiburg in the summer.

“For me, it’s always crucial where I can take the next step. In the summer I was sure that it was the case here, and that’s exactly what happened. If I had the feeling that I should take the next step somewhere else should I do it,” said Schlotterbeck in an interview with the sports magazine.

In the past transfer period in winter, however, saying goodbye to Breisgau was not an issue at all, the defensive player emphasized: “Although offers came in winter, it was clear to me that I would stay in Freiburg. I get the coach’s trust here and the officials and wants to have a strong season with the SC and, if possible, get into international business.”

Schlotterbeck left a particularly large amount of room for speculation regarding the interest reported by the German record champions from Munich. When asked whether there had already been a direct conversation with Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, the native of Waiblingen dodged: “I’m not saying no or yes here, I don’t have to comment on everything.”

FC Bayern or BVB? Schlotterbeck has no preferences (yet).

The defensive talent also left open whether he would prefer FC Bayern or BVB as a future club station in the event of two concrete offers.

“If other successful clubs – whether national or international – are interested in me, that’s appealing. Just as it was extremely appealing for me to sign in Freiburg four years ago,” said Schlotterbeck, who was released by the national coach for the first time last fall Hansi Flick was invited to the senior national team.

The 1.91 m man is under contract with SC Freiburg until 2023. In the current season he has played 22 competitive games for SC Freiburg, all of them from the start.


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