With Carlo Ancelotti taking over the reigns at Bayern Munich this summer, changes will be afoot. It will likely be a busy transfer window for the Bavarians, as they work to reshape the club in the Italian's image. However, it's the following summer that will be the most interesting one for the Bayern board.
Eight players on the current Bayern squad see their deals expire in the summer of 2017. Many of those players are established and senior members of the team with their best days behind them. However, it's very possible that many of them remain with the club. For others, is retirement in the cards?
It's hard to imagine Alonso playing past next season, at least with Bayern. He'll be 35 years old at the end of next season, and it's tough to see any reason whatsoever that Bayern would keep him on the squad beyond that. Alonso will most assuredly assist in the midfield transition to a younger generation. Alonso will finish his contract and move on to retirement or a less demanding league.
Oh, Holger. Everyone's favorite oft-injured centerback will see his deal come to a conclusion during the summer of 2017. Bayern have already given a Holger one extension during these horrendous, injury-plagued three and a half years. Will they give him one more? He's only 27 years old, and barring an early retirement due to the injuries, I think Bayern and Badstuber will work out a deal to see him remain in Munich for another few years.
This is unquestionably the biggest no-brainer in the bunch. Coman is on a two year loan deal from Juventus, and that expires in the summer of 2017. However, Bayern have until the end of April 2017 to make Coman's loan for only €21 million. Failure to make Coman's transfer permanent would be a catastrophic blunder and won't happen. Coman will likely sign a big contract to remain in Munich in the next calendar year.
This is easy the most difficult decision that Bayern have to make moving forward. Götze isn't a better winger than any currently on Bayern's roster. He's not a better second forward than Thomas Müller. He's not a better midfielder than Thiago Alcantara. However, this decision is definitely not one that will be made by only one side. Götze will have to decide if he wants to continue to fight for a spot at Bayern or if he wants to take his chances at another club.
Bayern signed Green to a professional contract a few years ago, and it comes to an end in the summer of 2017. He will be 21 in a few months, and while Green may yet become a Bundesliga-quality player, it's safe to assume that it won't be in a Bayern jersey.
It can be argued that few players have reached their peak under Pep Guardiola like Rafinha has. The Brazilian right back has emerged as a competent and relatively steady fill-in for Philipp Lahm. With Herr Kapitän in his final few seasons with Bayern, it's high time the club begin to officially look into a long term replacement. That, however, will not be Rafinha. Rumors have started trickling out in the last few days that Arsenal are interested. Perhaps, it's time to let Rafinha depart and look for the future.
Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben
It's destiny that the legendary duo Robbery would see their contracts come up at the exact same time. Injuries have decimated the last few seasons of their career, and now that they're in the latter stages of their careers, every time they miss a game we come closer and closer to the end of their careers. Ribery is 33, and Robben is 32. They're not getting any younger. At this point, it wouldn't be 100% shocking if we see an early retirement or requested transfer to a lesser league for one or both players. Or, perhaps they'll both just player out their contracts at Bayern and depart next summer as conquering legends, having won everything there is to win.