Manuel Neuer has extended his contract with Bayern Munich, signing a deal which ties him to the record champions until 2023.
But for the 2017/18 season, when Neuer suffered back-to-back fractured metatarsals and could only watch on as Sven Ulreich deputised, the Germany No.1 has been ever-present for much of the last decade at the Allianz Arena.
“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,” said Neuer. “It was important for me to continue working with our goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic. Now this has been resolved, I look to the future with great optimism. I feel very comfortable and at home in Bavaria. FC Bayern are one of Europe’s top football clubs.”
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“FC Bayern are very happy Manuel has extended his contract until 30 June 2023. He is the best goalkeeper in the world and our captain," said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“The contract extension is an important sign for FC Bayern as well as for Manuel. Together we have created a win-win situation. That’s what was very important to Manuel and to us," added sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. "Manuel stands for the continuous success of FC Bayern, for responsibility and world-class standards. I am delighted about our continued work together.”
Bayern will have significant strength in depth in the position next season with Alexander Nübel arriving on a free transfer from Schalke, but as captain for club and country, coach Hansi Flick has confirmed Neuer will remain first choice.
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