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Report: Bayern Munich and Thiago Alcantara nearing contract extension

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Looks like one of the best midfielders in the world is set to continue his time in Munich.

FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

According to a report by kicker (via spox), Bayern Munich and Thiago Alcantara are extremely close to agreeing a contract extension. The Spaniard, who joined the club from Barcelona in 2013, has been a mainstay in the starting XI for some time now, and established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe. As per the report, only a few “small details” are left to be worked out.

No exact info on how long the new contract will last, but we imagine that Bayern will opt to extend Thiago for the maximum possible five years, until 2025. The Spaniard’s current contract only lasts till 2021, so this would mean a four year extension coupled with a substantial pay increase. Thiago is only 28 years old and well in his prime, so a longer contract would be perfect to ward off suitors from other big European clubs.

With news that Thomas Muller is also close to agreeing a new contract with the Bavarians, things are looking good for Bayern on the contracts front. Now all we’re missing is news that David Alaba and Manuel Neuer are close to signing new deals, and the club can announce all four of them in one big lump. It’s not like there’s anything else going on right now.

Is the Flick Effect already making an impact?

It’s only been days since Hansi Flick was confirmed as the new permanent head coach of Bayern Munich, but it’s been followed up by news that more players are ready to commit themselves to the team. Is this a sign that the key stars in the dressing room are convinced of Flick’s leadership? Only time will tell, but confirming the club’s next head coach certainly seems to have had an effect.