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Chelsea suffer transfer setback with Manuel Neuer set to stay at Bayern Munich despite competition for No1 spot

BAYERN MUNICH goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is set to stay with the Bundesliga holders despite not being offered a new contract.

Neuer, 34, is out of contract next summer and has yet to extend his deal, giving Chelsea hope of replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Manuel Neuer is set to stay at Bayern Munich despite interest from Chelsea.

The Blues are keen to replace the Spaniard after an underwhelming season but Neuer has no plans on leaving the Allianz Arena.

The German stopper, who joined from Schalke in 2011, has seven Bundesliga titles and a Champions League winner medal to his name.

According to Goal, Neuer does not want to play abroad, leaving Chelsea having to look elsewhere in their search for a new keeper.

Before coronavirus put a temporary stop on Premier League action, the Chelsea boss had dropped Kepa to the bench and promoted Willy Caballero to the starting XI in his place.

Neuer has kept 15 clean sheets from 37 games in all competitions this season while Kepa has kept just eight from 33.

Current Munich boss Hansi Flick has a good relationship with his goalkeeper but is only in charge until the end of the season after taking over from former manager Niko Kovac.

Munich have signed Schalke keeper Alexander Nubel on a pre-contract, adding pressure to Neuer’s position as first-choice.

Neuer – ten years Nubel’s senior at 33 years old – is furious his club have already lined-up his long-term replacement and will fight for his shirt.

Neuer’s agent has been in discussions with the Bayern board but no deal has been agreed despite the signing of Nubel.

Flick has previously supported his current first-choice keeper and has no plans to replace him with Nubel when he arrives in the summer.

The coronavirus break has delayed Neuer from playing his 250th Bundesliga appearance for the Bavarian giants.

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