Munich – FC Bayern München’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara has agreed a new contract with the record champions.

The 22-year-old’s previous deal had been due to expire in 2017, but he has now committed to another two years until 2019.

‘Important for the future’

“We’re delighted that Thiago has decided to commit his future to the club long-term,” commented club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “He’s a young man and an important player for the future of this club.”

Thiago switched to Bavaria in 2013 and has made 41 appearances for the club in an injury-hit spell, in which he missed over a year of action between March 2014 and April 2015. Bayern, who have begun the new season with two victories from two, are next in action against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday (kick-off 18:30 CEST).