Even with all the uncertainties in the world right now, FC Bayern Munich is still working with captain Manuel Neuer on an extension. Neuer’s agent was recently seen at Säberner Strasse speaking with Oliver Kahn and Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic. Neuer’s current contract runs through 2021.
According to kicker, both parties want an extension. The hold-up is how long to extend. Neuer wants to extend five years, but the club is willing to extend for only two years. A two-year extension, which would keep Neuer at Bayern through 2023, is not enough for the captain.
Neuer recently turned 34 years old. A five-year extension would keep Neuer at Bayern until he is 40 years old. Kahn, now the chairman of the Board at Bayern, played in goal for Bayern until he was 39.
One big point to consider is that Neuer’s heir apparent, Alexander Nübel, is coming on a free transfer from Schalke on July 1 this year. Nübel will be only 23 years old when he arrives and is likely to be ready to play. Some reports claimed that his contract included a clause guaranteeing he would play at least fifteen games next season, although that is disputed.
Whether five years or two, most would agree that Neuer still has something to give the club. Hopefully the two parties can reach a compromise soon, so that the uncertainty does not become a distraction when games come around again.