It’s no secret that one of the big winners of the 2017/18 season so far has been 21-year old Frenchman Kingsley Coman. After dealing with an up-and-down year last season, missing time with injuries and benchings, he has taken advantage of being healthy, and having a new coach in Jupp Heynckes.
Last season, Coman had a paltry 1086 minutes across all competitions — 913 in the Bundesliga, with just two short stints for a total of 34 minutes in the Champions League. So far, in just half a season, he has already surpassed his playing time from all of 2016/17 by a whopping 400+ minutes, logging 958 minutes in the BL, and starting three of the five games he was on the CL roster.
After initially coming to FC Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015 on a two-year loan from Juventus, the Reds pulled the option on the talented youngster — for a “mere” €21 million — and signed him to a contract through 2020 just this past summer.
It’s safe to say that he has convinced Bayern management that he is capable of taking over the mantle of fellow countryman Franck Ribery on the wing, and it’s no surprise that Bild and Sport Bild are now reporting that the club quietly extended Coman’s deal through the summer of 2023 — the longest possible deal that can be signed under DFB rules. He likely will see an increase in pay as incentive for extending. This report has not been officially confirmed by the club yet.
This is all in line with Bayern’s usual approach, signing players they are planning on in the future to early extensions, and thereby being able to fend off the other big clubs when they come calling with obnoxious offers. Not too long ago, they did the exact same thing with players like Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Javier Martinez, and Thomas Müller.