When Bayern Munich made the decision to sign Alexander Nübel from Schalke earlier this season, they might not have envisioned how difficult it would make the contract extension negotiations with Manuel Neuer. While the club is only willing to offer a two year extension, Neuer wants five more years and was also irritated at the fact that there was a clause in Nübel’s contract guaranteeing him at least 15 matches next season.
We may not always agree with what Dietmar Hamann has to say, but he made a valid point speaking on Sky Germany (via Goal) when he said that Bayern signed Nübel too early. Hamann believes that adding another goalkeeper to the first team was an unwise decision that gives Neuer all the leverage in the negotiations for his contract extension:
They may have hired Alexander Nübel a little prematurely. You hear that he was even promised games. I would not extend four years, but Bayern have put themselves in this position. If Neuer should say now: “If we don’t extend, I’ll go in the summer,” which is unlikely, then Bayern might face the problem that they have to get another goalkeeper. That is why Neuer is now in a very strong position and he’s trying to take advantage of that.
Neuer still wants to start every match next season if he’s fully fit, and he’s not happy at all with the prospect of handing minutes over to Nübel because of a contractual obligation. Neuer is also currently demanding €20m a year to have his contract extended, which would make him one of the top earners at the club alongside Robert Lewandowski.
At this point, trying to figure out where to point the proverbial finger is useless, but it’s clear that Bayern’s front office might not have expected so much resistance from Neuer in this situation. It’s hard to see how he ever would have consented to sacrificing minutes to Nübel, but perhaps contract negotiations with him should have been hashed out before the final decision was made to sign Nübel.
You could say that this whole situation for Bayern has been a case of premature Nübelation...a problem that might be a bit more common than you think.
The whole thing reads like a commercial that would be familiar to anyone who watches sports on television in the United States:
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(Queue incredibly cheesy, heart-warming music)
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