Javi Martinez’s current contract with Bayern Munich is set to expire on June 30th 2021, but of the short list of players in the squad who are in the same boat, he’s one of the only ones that doesn’t appear likely to be signing an extension at any point in the future. Thomas Muller has already signed an extension while Manuel Neuer is still negotiating a new deal with the club’s front office. Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba are also players who the club hopes to reach extension agreements with as their contracts also expire next year.
For Javi Martinez’s case, though, a new report (SPOX) suggests that the Spaniard is content to see out the rest of his contract with Bayern and doesn’t plan on leaving beforehand. The midfielder has not received consistent minutes this season, and earlier this season it was assumed that he would be pushing for a move back to La Liga, perhaps to join Athletic Bilbao, where he played before coming to Bayern in 2012. However, since Hansi Flick has taken charge, Martinez admits that he’s grown some confidence and trust in the manager that recently signed a new deal keeping him at Bayern until 2023. He has had his injury problems during the ruckrunde, but he stills feels that he’s a player Flick rates highly and referenced how much he’s played under him when fully fit:
Look how many times I played under the new coach when I was fit: 80, 90 per cent. The coach told me that he’s very happy with me and he’s planning for me.
Of course, when Flick first took charge, Martinez was often deputized as a center back due to the injuries of both Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez. Now that there’s an established starting back four of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Benjamin Pavard, and Alphonso Davies, there’s less chance of Martinez being involved as a defender, especially now that Hernandez is back fit.
After returning from his hamstring injury sustained in the last game of the hinrunde (VfL Wolfsburg), Martinez has only played 5 minutes from a total of 3 matches where he was listed in the match day squad as he continued to work his way back to full match fitness. Whenever matches resume, it remains to be seen how often he’ll be involved, but he plans on staying for the remainder of his contract, especially if Bayern doesn’t plan on selling him this summer:
For me it is important now that we can play again soon and finish the season with the greatest possible success. What I’ve heard so far is that they’re counting on me at Bayern. In Germany there are no exit clauses. If they say ‘you’re not going’, then you’re not going. Bavaria has the last word.