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Kicker: Contract extension for Bayern Munich veterans Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez unlikely

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There is a possibility both Boateng and Martinez will be sold in the upcoming months, as the Bayern bosses want to prevent a free transfer in the summer of 2021.

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Kicker has reported that Bayern is planning to say farewell to two long-serving players: Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng. Both the 31-year-olds World Cup winners have a contract with Die Roten which ends June 30, 2021, making it a real possibility they will be sold this summer.

Bayern has been busy during the impromptus Bundesliga break due to the coronavirus. Thomas Muller will continue with his childhood club for the foreseeable future, Thiago’s contract extension is set to be announced any day now and Leroy Sane’s year-long transfer saga is looking to conclude these upcoming months.

As for the future of Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez, it looks like it may take place outside of Munich. Although Boateng recently told Sport Bild that he could imagine completing his contract with Bayern Munich and Hansi Flick, it is likely that the Bayern board will capitalize on selling him this summer rather than letting him go for free in a year.

As for Javi Martinez, the prospect of continuous playing time in Munich looks slim. Joshua Kimmich and Thiago have matched wonderfully in midfield and Martinez has been outperformed in the central defense position throughout this season even though both Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez have been injured.

Combined, Boateng and Martinez have played 334 Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich and were both vital in the last Champions League title-winning campaign of 2013. If they were to leave Munich this summer, they would leave as tremendous long-serving players who contributed to one of Bayern Munich’s best teams of all time.