Last week was a big one for Leon Goretzka.
The midfielder signed a new contract with Bayern Munich that will keep him at the club until 2026 and also received a hefty salary increase. Gotetzka’s extension came just a few weeks after Joshua Kimmich signed a new deal that will keep him at Bayern until 2025.
Just days after Goretzka’s new deal was officially announced, he was a part of Bayern’s 7-0 thrashing of his former club VfL Bochum at the Allianz Arena. While he wasn’t on the score sheet himself, he clocked a 90-minute shift and provided the assist for Kimmich’s second goal and Bayern’s sixth of the match.
It’s also no secret that a number of clubs were interested in trying to sign Goretzka in the summer transfer window, knowing that his contract was nearing expiration at the time. Bayern’s wage structure has been greatly impacted by financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic, so contract negotiations have experienced their fair share of roadblocks, and it can create a negative perception from the outside looking in. At one point during the window, Manchester United was heavily interested in bringing in Goretzka, but they would up signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund along with Raphael Varane, and eventually, Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was asked about his contract extension after the big win over Bochum and he did admit that part of the process was listening to what offers were out there, with the main goal still being to stay at Bayern long term. “I think about things a lot, it is part of listening to other offers. But FC Bayern was always my first partner for talks,” he admitted (as captured by Tz). Thankfully, the new deal was able to get over the line and Goretzka will be wearing a Bayern kit for the next five years.