With a few Italian teams sniffing around, Bayern Munich have reportedly extended the contract of teenage prodigy Gianluca Gaudino.
Sky Italia and gianlucadimarzio.com have both reported that the 18-year-old has a new deal. Juventus and Inter Milan are both supposedly interested in pilfering the Italian-German teenager. He makes €250 a week under his current youth contract, which expires in the summer of 2015.
Gaudino made his Champions League debut in Bayern's 3-0 victory on Wednesday, starting with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg in midfield. Prominently featuring in the preseason, Gaudino impressed Pep Guardiola enough to play him in the DFL-Supercup and the beginning of Bayern's Bundesliga campaign. The need for his services dropped drastically once Bayern acquired Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid
If the report is confirmed, he would be the first academy youngster to sign a professional contract in the 2014/15, and would joins Sinan Kurt and Højbjerg as the two teenagers on pro deals. Bayern signed Julian Green and Alessandro Schöpf to professional contracts a year ago, both of whom are playing their football elsewhere this season.
Unlike Green and Schöpf, Gaudino has yet to feature with the reserve team, Bayern ferrying him between the U19 team and the first-team bench. The youngster has scored two goals in nine starts with the U19s, and he has made 13 of Guardiola's team sheet (including seven appearances) in all of Bayern's competitions.
With Bayern's injuries and the uncertain future of Højbjerg, Guardiola may need Gaudino to fill out his team sheets. The fact that the U19 team did not advance out of the group stage in the UEFA Youth League could mean that Gaudino could be slated to join Erik ten Hag's team with Bayern II. The certainty that a professional contract would bring relates to the future, a commitment the Rekordmeister could be making to their next great playmaker.