There may not be much football to report on right now, but Bayern Munich has a lot of contract negotiating to do in the near future. Former President Uli Hoeness, in a recent call on SPORT1’s Dopplepass, said that the club is already negotiating extensions for several players and will make a decision on head coach Hansi Flick in the near future (SportBild).
The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted football itself, but in the interim Bayern’s front office has time to think about the future of Hansi Flick. While there is a general feeling among fans and pundits that Flick’s contract should be extended at least for another season, the decision from the front office isn’t as cut and dry. Hoeness feels that the executive board will approach the supervisory board with a proposal in the near future:
I can’t say anything about that; the executive board [i.e. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn, Hasan Salihamidzic] decides that for us. I think Hansi Flick has done a super job thus far. At some point, the board will approach the supervisory board with a proposal. That will certainly now happen sometime in the near future.
The contracts of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, and Thomas Muller all are set to expire at the end of next season. Contract talks began with Neuer earlier; Hoeness now revealed that Bayern has opened negotiations with the other players. Hoeness said,
We have four or five important players whose contracts expire next year. I know that talks are happening currently with all of them, and I hope very much that everything goes successfully.
It is not likely that Bayern will extend all the players mention. Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez are the two most likely to move on. But anything is possible. Boateng has proven his worth yet again this season, and Javi has likewise delivered when called upon. Whether they stay or go, all Bayern fans should be grateful for their immense service to the club.