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OFFICIAL: Leon Goretzka extends his contract with Bayern Munich until 2026

The Bayern midfielder will be staying in Bavaria for at least five more years.

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It’s official: Leon Goretzka has extended his contract at Bayern Munich.

The 26-year old midfielder finally put pen to paper on Thursday, keeping him at the club until 2026. Just a few days ago, a report from Kicker had said that Goretzka had agreed all terms with Bayern, and that a new contract was imminent. Now, that report has been proven true.

“With FC Bayern we have won everything there is to be won over the past three years,” said Goretzka. “But confirming and repeating this success would be even nicer. We want to build on that in the next few years.”

He went on to say: “The team, the club and the environment are not only highly professional, but also familiar. This mixture is a guarantee of success for this club.”

All signs were pointing to Goretzka extending his contract, with multiple reports claiming that he wanted to stay with FC Bayern. However, as talks dragged on, clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid started to get drawn into the mix. Now, though, those rumors will be put to bed as the player’s stay in Bavaria has been prolonged considerably.

Goretzka has enjoyed immense success at Bayern, winning a domestic double in his debut season, and a sextuple in his following two seasons. He has also become a mainstay in the German national team, and is fast becoming one of German football’s most precious talents.

Here’s to many more titles and honors with Bayern’s permanent no. 8!