Per German magazine kicker, veteran midfielder Javi Martinez could be allowed to leave before his contract with Bayern Munich expires in the summer of 2021. The Spaniard, who came close to returning to his boyhood club Athletic Bilbao in the summer, had indicated that he is eager to try out a new challenge at the end of his nine-year tenure with the Bavarians.
Moreover, a report from Sport Bild also stated that the club is unlikely to offer any contract extension to the two-time treble winner.
Now, however, kicker suggests that Bayern are ready to move on from Martinez in the ongoing transfer window. He has a shortage of suitors at present, with the only interest being shown from China. But if a respectable offer is received, the German giants will not stand in the 32-year-old’s path, if he wishes to leave.
Martinez, whose experience is highly valued by coach Hansi Flick, has culminated a total playing time of over 600 minutes this season. In addition to his decisive header goal that helped Bayern clinch UEFA Super Cup, he has allegedly assumed the role of a mentor, helping in the integration of Spanish speaking newcomers Marc Roca and Tiago Dantas.
The World Cup winner’s departure might open up opportunities for Roca and Dantas, but it remains to be seen if he actually agrees to take a step as drastic as this at this point of the season. Martinez is, after all, on course to participate in the FIFA club world cup and defend his side’s continental treble for the second time in his career.