Some may have found the way FC Bayern publicly announced the extension of Thomas Müller’s contract to be creative, while others may have found the whole affair somewhat obscure.
The fact that the club took the trouble to recreate the former home-grown child’s room and put Müller on a cot in the 1995/96 season suit was at least one thing: original. The veteran, who has played for the FCB since he was ten, has signed a new working document until 2024.
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It was the first successful course setting for the future. After the Müller issue has been clarified, Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski, whose contracts (such as Müller’s former contract) also expire in 2023, should now be clarified as soon as possible.
While in Neuer’s case there is optimism that an agreement can be reached in the near future, the situation with the Polish goalkeeper is more difficult. Last week there was a meeting between club officials and Lewandowski’s advisor Pini Zahavi. According to coach Julian Nagelsmann, the talks were “good”, but everyone knows “that Pini likes to negotiate and then it takes a little patience”.
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With all the water level speculation and reports, however, one major player is overshadowed by the trio of stars: Serge Gnabry. His contract is only valid until 2023. While the spotlight is on old media stars, the bosses are trying to keep him on the sidelines for a longer period of time.
According to “Sport Bild”, Gnabry, whose current salary is estimated at around eight million euros per year, should have an offer that would double his annual salary. There is talk of a figure between 17 and 19 million euros. He would join the ranks of his two outside comrades, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sané.
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The Bavarians are unwilling to present a better offer, instead the club is planning a decision ultimatum for Gnabry. The Munich team is pushing for clarity by the end of the season to avoid another case like David Alaba or Niklas Süle.
Serge Gnabry celebrates his goal in Freiburg
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However, the club faced a problem. Gnabry is one of the top performers for four years, in 169 official matches he contributed 63 goals and 40 assists, in the 2020 Champions League final he advanced with a goal in the quarter-finals against FC Barcelona (8: 2), above all but with the brace against Lyon (3-0) in the semifinals he became one of the protagonists of the eventual triumph.
Gnabry in the prime of his creative life
Unlike Neuer, Müller and Lewandowski, who are still acting at the highest level but are slowly but surely moving forward over the years, Gnabry, at 26, is in the absolute prime of his career. An extension with him would be much more promising than with the experienced triumvirate.
Furthermore: the possible search for a successor should be somewhat difficult. Firstly, given the inflated market, Bayern would have to pay a huge amount to get a replacement of adequate quality, secondly, with Gnabry, the FCB are confident that they will continue to help the team.
No wonder Nagelsmann also publicly advertises that he is keeping Gnabry. “I’ve known him for a long time and I appreciate him incredibly as a person, he’s so empathetic,” the coach said at the press conference on Friday and added: “We’ll see what time will bring. I definitely want to keep him. – but unfortunately it’s not in my hands. “.
From Gnabry’s point of view, an extension wouldn’t be a bad step. He plays an important role in a world-class club and also has many good friends at Bayern. Apart from the fact that he has the sporting qualities to establish himself at Real, for example, a key role with the royal team would not initially be guaranteed.
Nagelsmann: Müller’s extension “can drag others along”
However, Nagelsmann does not want to be constantly updated regarding contractual negotiations with Neuer, Lewandowski and Gnabry. “I told Brazzo that I don’t always want to know the current state of development because as a coach I worry too much,” said the 34-year-old, who sees it as a good sign that Müller has already stretched: “The extension is very valuable and certainly also a signal outwards and inwards. It is always important when the best artists and symbolic figures extend their reach. This can also draw other people along. “
Let’s hope Gnabry too. In any case, Bayern should use all available means to equalize the Stuttgart native as well.
Müller extension for Nagelsmann a “signal outwards and inwards”
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