It is no surprise that Bayern Munich have made it their top priority to extend the contract of key midfielder Leon Goretzka. The 26-year-old has witnessed steady growth since his arrival from Schalke in 2018. After coach Hansi Flick’s appointment, Goretzka has developed into one of the best midfielders on the planet and a leading figure for the German giants.
Bayern have been working on the Germany International’s contract for over a month now. Previously, it was reported by multiple German sources that the two parties are in advanced talks and an agreement could be reached before the commencement of UEFA European Championship.
Now, with Goretzka focused on getting back to full fitness after sustaining a muscle injury against Borussia Mönchengladbach, it appears that the negotiations for the contract extension are unlikely to conclude before the tournament, according to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg (as captured by twitter account @iMiaSanMia).
Leon Goretzka's new contract has top priority at FCB. Talks so far are positive, however Goretzka's management is not rushing it & the player is focused on his recovery ahead of the Euros. Agreement unlikely to be reached before the tournament [ Meine Bayern-Woche, @Plettigoal] pic.twitter.com/dgQzL5ZcEl— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 21, 2021
While an agreement may get delayed, Bayern Munich are certainly planning with Goretzka as their present and future midfielder general, with the club recently announcing that the German will inherit the prestigious number 8 from departing midfielder Javi Martinez, next season. It has been previously reported that Die Roten have offered him a four-year extension that will tie him down until 2026.