With Pep Guardiola's looming contract decision coming within days, Friday was a breath of fresh air for Bayern Munich. The club announced that four big time players had signed contract extensions, allowing fans to breathe a little bit easier.
Xabi Alonso, Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, and Thomas Müller will all remain FC Bayern players for the foreseeable future.
The contract extensions are a very big deal, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is hoping that a statement was made.
"We're happy to sign these long-term contracts with four important players before Christmas. This is the basis for a positive future for Bayern Munich. It is an important foundation, and we wanted to make it very clear to other countries and other leagues the door at Bayern Munich is closed. I can promise today that we will definitely not sale any players we don't want to. You can consider these contract extensions a clear signal, for instance, to the English football clubs."
While the 34 year old Alonso is only receiving a one year extension, the other three signed the maximum length contract allowed in German football.
The only core players at FC Bayern that remain without long-term deals are Mario Götze (2017), David Alaba (2018), and Robert Lewandowski (2019). Expect Rummenigge and company to push hard to have a few more of these deals signed, sealed, and delivered sometime in early 2016.