DPA Berlin, Germany
aptain Manuel Neuer has become the latest player to renew his contract at Bayern Munich by two years until 2023, the Bundesliga champions said yesterday.
Neuer, 34, appeared unhappy at times over the talks with Munich who have also signed Alexander Nuebel from next season onwards from Schalke as his potential eventual replacement.
But the deal is now done, as the Germany goalkeeper Neuer follows Thomas Mueller (2023) and Alphonso Davies (2025) in long-time renewals, with coach Hansi Flick now also contracted until 2023.
Neuer expressed his satisfaction as the deal was finalised amid the restart of the league from a two-month break because of the coronavirus.
“During the weeks of the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, I didn’t want to make a decision because nobody knew if, when and how Bundesliga football would continue,” Neuer said.
“It was important for me to continue working with our goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic. Now this has been resolved, I look to the future with great optimism. I feel very comfortable and at home in Bavaria. FC Bayern are one of Europe’s top football clubs.”
Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge named Neuer “the best goalkeeper in the world” and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said the renewal was “an important sign for FC Bayern as well as for Manuel.
“Together we have created a win-win situation. That’s what was very important to Manuel and to us. Manuel stands for the continuous success of FC Bayern, for responsibility and world-class standards. I am delighted about our continued work together.”
Neuer came to Munich in 2011 from Schalke and has won seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League as part of the 2013 title treble. He is also a 2014 World Cup winner with the national team which he captains as well.
Munich have shown with the new contracts for Flick and the three players that they are not too harmed financially by the coronavirus issue which has hit several clubs hard.
Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba are expected to renew beyond 2021 as well.
The Sport Bild weekly meanwhile said yesterday that Munich are also closer to agreeing terms with Germany winger Leroy Sane who is reportedly ready to earn 30 per cent less in Munich than he originally wanted before the pandemic.
However, Bayern also need to find an agreement with English champions Manchester City where Sane is under contract until 2021.
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