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Report: Bayern Munich dressing room furious over rumored Kyle Walker contract

The Manchester City star’s acquisition is challenging the Bavarians’ long-held ‘rule of 30’.

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There’s been a changing of the guard at Bayern Munich, in case you couldn’t tell.

Between the front office shakeup at the end of the Bundesliga season and the impending roster makeover — big arrivals (Harry Kane from Tottenham) and big departures (Sadio Mané to Al-Nassr) still potentially on the horizon — it’s clear that the old ways are giving way to the new.

Apparently that’s unsettling some players, in the case of transfer target Kyle Walker. In a report from Sport Bild, captured via @iMiaSanMia:

There’s irritation in Bayern’s dressing room due to the club’s offer for Kyle Walker (2yrs+1). The club thus broke the internal rule of not giving 30+ y/o players more than one year of contract, as even the likes of Neuer & Müller didn’t get an exception.

At this point, some details about what this internal rule means exactly probably need to be hashed out. Mané, for example, was given a contract until 2025 when he arrived in last summer’s transfer window from Liverpool FC, and that was after the Senegalese winger’s 30th birthday.

Walker, 33, is being lined up as a new right-back for Thomas Tuchel’s defensive lineup. Would the Manchester City star and England international really accept a shorter deal to leave the Premier League?

But one can easily imagine — given the club’s firm stance on this in the past, even in the case of players such as 34-year-old Robert Lewandowski (who opted to depart for FC Barcelona last summer rather than continue to sign Bayern extensions) and Thomas Müller (who will turn 34 in September) — the incredulous expression on everyone’s lips. This is the moment the rule gets broken?

Looking for the latest transfer talk? The Weekend Warm-up Podcast has you covered on Spotify or below. We hit on Harry Kane’s potential move to Bayern Munich, the uncertain statuses of Noussair Mazraoui, Sadio Mané, Marcel Sabitzer, and Ryan Gravenberch — plus what might be in store for Leon Goretzka in the coming weeks!

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