The skipper’s contract renewal is currently being discussed at the club and it is something both Bayern Munich and Manuel Neuer himself want. However, both parties have different demands regarding the possible extension. Neuer, who turned 34 last month, wants to spend five more years between the sticks in Munich while the club is considering a deal that would keep him there only until 2023.
Many people would love to see Neuer in Bayern colors for more than just three years but Lothar Matthäus is not one of them. Adding two years to Neuer’s current contract would keep him at the club until 2023 and, according to Matthäus, that is a fair deal. In his column written for Sky Sport, he addressed the situation:
I can understand his desire for security and a long contract very well. But three years is also a long time. He should, as mentioned, not forget how loyal FC Bayern was to him in every phase. For both sides, it would be wonderful if Manuel stays a few years more. He should first extend for three years and if he’s still healthy and performs he’ll get the next contract.
Matthäus added that he is not well pleased with Neuer’s demand and how the goalkeeper is putting unnecessary expectations on himself. He said:
I think the signs are pointing to his departure. He wants to play. He wants to play more often and longer. In light of his quality, that’s understandable. Probably a little more was expected of him, and the expectations he put on himself were undoubtedly higher. I don’t think that he will still be playing in Munich next season.
With Alexander Nübel’s arrival from Schalke, the possibility of Neuer’s five-year being accepted is remote. There is still enough time for both the club and the player to reach a compromise before the season restarts and until then, Neuer’s future will remain uncertain.