In an interview with Sport1, Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer talked over the club’s plans to begin discussions on new deals with midfielder Leon Goretzka and defender Niklas Süle.
For Hainer, Goretzka’s excellent performance over the past year has vaulted the 26-year-old into the upper-echelon of Bayern Munich’s roster and made him one of the squad’s most indispensable players.
“Leon Goretzka has developed hugely in the last 12 months,” said Hainer. “He’s become one of the most important players for us. Yes, we want to extend with him.”
Over the past year, Goretzka has not only cemented himself as a starter in the Bayern Munich line-up, but one of the best midfielders on the planet.
As for Süle, Hainer values the 25-year-old center-back, who has also taken a few star turns at right-back this season.
“He’s an important player for us. We’ll sit down with him in the spring,” said Hainer.
The contracts for both Goretzka and Süle expire in 2022.
Süle’s status, of course, might be affected by the club’s recent signing of RB Leipzig center-back Dayot Upamecano. It remains to be seen if Süle has the appetite to be part of a center-back rotation or if he would want to pursue a move to another club where he could be a consistent starter.
It is expected that Süle, Upamecano, and Lucas Hernandez will be the team’s primary center-backs next season with Tanguy Nianzou and potentially Chris Richards and Lars Lukas Mai in the mix. Richards and Mai are currently both out on loan and exactly where the youngsters will play next season is still in question.