After months of negotiations, Bayern Munich and all-world goalkeeper Manuel Neuer have agreed on a contract extension through the 2023 season. Neuer, who has had a fantastic season, will be 37 when his contract expires in June 2023.
Per the club’s official website, Neuer is ecstatic to finally get a deal done. This contract is likely the last deal for Neuer in his storied career.
“In the weeks of the shutdown as a result of the corona pandemic, I didn’t want to make a decision because nobody knew whether, when and how Bundesliga football would continue,” said Neuer. “It was also important to me to continue working with our goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic. Now that this has been resolved, I look to the future with great optimism. I feel very comfortable and at home in Bavaria. FC Bayern is and remains one of the top European destinations in football.”
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is happy to have his captain officially back in the fold for the immediate future.
“FC Bayern is very happy and satisfied that Manuel has extended his contract until June 30, 2023,” said Rummenigge. “Manuel is the best goalkeeper in the world and our captain.”
Club president Oliver Kahn is also excited for both sides to make an official commitment.
“I can very well put myself in the situation in which Manuel finds himself,” Kahn said. “We understood in which direction Manuel thinks in this phase of his career and what is important for him. With his contract extension he sent a strong signal.”
Finally, Bayern Munich sporting direct Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic was relieved to finalize the contract negotiation process and lock-up a vital piece to the squad’s puzzle.
“The contract extension is an important sign, for FC Bayern as well as for Manuel,” Salihamidzic said. “Together we have created a win-win situation. That is what was very important to Manuel and to us. Manuel stands for the continuous success of FC Bayern, for responsibility and world class. I am happy about our further cooperation.”