2021 is turning into a banner-year for Josip Stanišić: after joining Bayern Munich’s youth academy in 2017, he has broken through to the first team, making nine appearances for the club across competitions, including four starts. Stanišić also celebrated his debut for the Croatian national team.
Now, the club has rewarded him for his efforts: in a press release, Bayern announced that Stanišić has agreed to a two-year extension, until 2025.
Board member for sport Hasan Salihamidžić emphasized the fact that Stanišić is another example of a member of the youth academy to reach the first team. He said, “We’re very pleased that we‘ve been able to integrate another talent from our FC Bayern Campus into the first team, and that Josip has established himself so quickly. He has worked his way up and is a great addition. Josip is a very reliable player who is strong in the tackle, assured on the ball and can also generate pressure going forward. He gives his all in every training session—and he should carry on doing so.”
Stanišić has in fact logged more minutes (384’ including 288’ in the Bundesliga) so far this season than Champions League than his chief competitor at right-back, French international Benjamin Pavard (210’, 123’ in the Bundeslia). And Stanišić stands to build that lead over his troubled teammate, who is serving a two-game suspension for a red card against Greuther Fürth.
Josip Stanišić himself said, “I want to thank for the club for their faith in me. I will try to continue riding the wave of recent months—they have been phenomenal for me and I’ve enjoyed every second. My aims are very clear: I want to help the team as much as I can, so that my good performances can help us win as many titles as possible.”
Weiter so, Josip!