It was announced earlier today that Thomas Muller had extended his contract with Bayern Munich until 2023. In addition to Müller, there’s a slew of players in Bayern’s squad that have contracts expiring next year. Both Thiago Alcántara and Manuel Neuer have already started negotiations to extend their contracts, but neither has reached an agreement yet with the club’s front office. For both players, it’s really coming down to just how long they will extend for before they put pen to paper, but Hansi Flick has said that he definitely wants more extensions to follow Muller’s.
Flick held a video press conference earlier today and made it clear that he hopes more contract extensions are made (Az). In particular, he said he hope that Neuer, Thiago, and David Alaba are able to reach agreements with the club’s front office as all three players’ contracts are set to expire next year. Speaking on the trio of players, Flick said:
They have made an enormous development, were our key players. The club knows that, too. I hope that things move in the right direction.
Since Flick stepped in after Niko Kovac’s departure in the fall, Neuer, Alaba, and Thiago have experienced strong resurgences and have been some of Bayern’s strongest, most consistent performers. Alaba, more impressively, has been exceeding expectations having been moved from left back to the center back spot and his performances this season have warranted interest from other elite clubs in Europe.
For Neuer’s case, it seems as if he has different ideas than Bayern’s front office. He wants an extension of five years, but the club are leaning more towards a two year extension. They’ll likely have to find a compromise somewhere in between, because Neuer really doesn’t seem to want to budge on this. Flick still feels that an agreement that pleases all parties involved will be made because everyone wants to see Neuer’s contract with Bayern extended:
He knows what he has in Bayern. Not just myself, but everyone would be delighted if he extends.