Bayern Munich announced earlier today that goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer has extended his contract until June 30, 2023. This has ended the looming speculation surrounding Neuer’s future at The Bavarians. Many had speculated that this would be Neuer’s last season and that a potential move to Chelsea or to the MLS was a possibility.
Manuel Neuer joined Bayern in 2011 from fellow German side Schalke for a reported $19 million. After initially receiving a somewhat hostile reception from the Munich fans as he was signed from their rivals, Neuer quickly became a fan favourite. Since joining in 2011, the German keeper has made over 375 appearances for the club and Neuer was made Bayern Munich captain in 2017, following the retirement of Philipp Lahm.
Bayern’s Chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to the Munich press earlier today and said “FC Bayern are very happy Manuel has extended his contract until June 30, 2023” and also claimed “Manuel is the best goalkeeper in the world and our captain.”
The Bayern captain told the club; “During the weeks of the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, I didn't want to make a decision because nobody knew if, when and how Bundesliga football would continue.”
Manuel Neuer expressed that he “feels very comfortable at home in Bavaria. FC Bayern are one of Europe’s top football clubs.”
Former Bayern Munich and German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn claimed “Neuer is one of the most important pillars of our team.” He also expressed the contract extension is a “strong signal.” Kahn is one of the most successful German players of all time and made over 430 appearances for Bayern Munich.
Neuer’s Honours at Munich
Neuer has been an instrumental cog in the Bayern Munich set-up for nearly a decade now and during his time he has won; seven Bundesliga’s titles, four German Cup’s, four German Supercup’s, one UEFA Champions League (2012/2013), one UEFA Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup. Neuer has also been voted the German Footballer of the Year on two occasions. He also played every single minute of Germany’s winning 2014 World Cup campaign and also received the Golden Glove award for the tournament.