Per a press release issued by Bayern Munich this morning, the club has extended the contract of goalkeeper Sven Ulreich through the 2020/2021 season. Ulreich, who has been steady while filling in for the injured Manuel Neuer this season, indicated that he is comfortable in his role in Munich and would like to remain part of the club rather than pursue starting options elsewhere.
I’m pleased that Bayern have put their faith in me and I can help this great club in the coming years to achieve its aims. My family and I are also really happy in Munich.
Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the move and has locked down one more roster spot as the club ramps up planning for the 2018/2019 season.
The last three years have shown that we can rely on Sven not just as a goalkeeper but also as a person. This season especially he’s played a massive part hunt for the title, as well as our continued progress in the UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup.
Prior to this year, Ulreich was not a lock to return to Bayern. His performances in previous stints filling in for Neuer could have been considered uneven, but the former Stuttgart man has impressed this season while Neuer has been out since September with a foot injury. Ulreich’s effort has also opened the eyes of German national coach Joachim Löw, who indicated that Ulreich has put himself on the Die Mannschaft radar with his play.
Germany head coach Joachim Löw on Sven Ulreich: "He has been playing very well in recent months. He is very solid in 1-on-1s and has improved as a player at Bayern. He's in our thoughts for the World Cup."— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 10, 2018
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It’s a fitting reward for a keeper who put in yet another spectacular performance in Bayern’s last victory over Schalke, which Jogi Löw attended.