Serge Gnabry could be one of the next Bayern Munich players to have his contract extended. The winger’s current contract with the club expires in 2023. He’s enjoyed a fine start to the season under new manager Julian Nagelsmann, having scored 3 goals and provided 3 assists across all competitions thus far.
Leon Goretzka’s new deal was just announced earlier this week, following suit with Joshua Kimmich, who recently signed a new deal keeping him at the club until 2025. Goretzka’s new deal goes until 2026, but Gnabry is now also a top candidate for a contract renewal alongside Niklas Süle, whose contract expires next year.
Just like Kimmich and Goretzka, Gnabry was born in 1995 and also, like Kimmich, went through VfB Stuttgart’s youth teams in the early stages of his career. When Goretzka’s new deal was announced earlier this week, he expressed his delight at the fact that the ‘95 class is so well represented amongst Bayern’s squad and that there’s a real cohesion between them (Abendzeiting). “Still having such a high level among friends that you can win every title every year, that will probably not happen again in Europe. Especially with the 1995 class, of which we have a lot on the team, coupled with the older players, we have a framework in which you are more than just a team-mate,” Goretzka explained.
Goretzka and Kimmich are the heart of Bayern’s midfield and their understanding of one another is truly outstanding. While Gnabry has had some varying spells at Bayern, he has been an integral part of their attack and has really popped up with brilliance in key moments: most notably his brace in the 2019/20 Champions League semi-finals against Lyon and his four goals in the group stages against Tottenham that same season. He fits the mold well at Bayern and the understanding and experience he has playing with the fellow ‘95-ers provides a solid framework for both maintaining and building for the future at Bayern.
According to kicker, Bayern’s front office sees Gnabry as “a firmly calculated part of the regular staff.” Even if he doesn’t start, though, he can come on and make an immediate impact as a sub if he has to rotate with Leroy Sané, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller, Jamal Musiala, or Marcel Sabitzer. In that sense, Nagelsmann is spoiled for choice when all of his attacking midfielders and wingers are fully fit, especially with the form both Sané and Gnabry are in. Even if he’s not always going to be a nailed on starter for Nagelsmann, it would be in Bayern’s best interest to try and get a new deal over the line as soon as they can.