Good news for Bayern Munich fans: apparently Manuel Neuer has no intention of leaving Munich any time soon.
According to Sport1 information, the Bayern captain is happy with his current club and could well imagine retiring with them. Neuer reportedly has no thought of any move abroad. Although there haven’t been any contract talks since his last extension in May 2020, both parties are very relaxed regarding the situation, and seeing as Neuer still has two years left on his current deal, talks are not urgent as of now.
Neuer extended his old contract, which was to expire this past summer, to the summer of 2023. Once his current contract runs out, he would be 37 years old, a ripe old age for footballers, but not so much for goalkeepers. Indeed, Neuer has recently said that there is no age limit for his career. “I have to be able to perform. I have to be needed by the team. And I have to have fun and really feel like it,” he told Bild am Sonntag a few days ago. “But there is no age requirement. I’m not saying that it’s over at 40.” In comparison, Neuer’s predecessor Oliver Kahn retired at the age of 38.
Now, it’s still unsure as to when Neuer will actually hang up his boots. Performance-wise, there is very little wrong with the German shot-stopper. However, he does have an injury record that could prove to be a hurdle at a higher age. Whatever that age may be, though, Neuer seems content with his role at Bayern, and it would be hard to imagine him finishing his career elsewhere.
Neuer has enjoyed immense success during his years at Bayern, winning a treble in only his second season with the club, lifting the World Cup a year later, and captaining his team to a historic sextuple last season. Add a handful of Bundesligas and DFB-Pokals to the mix, and you’ve got yourself quite a trophy cabinet. Neuer also finished on the Ballon d’Or podium in 2014.
Here’s hoping that Neuer enjoys many more blissful years for Bayern and Germany until he says goodbye!