Manuel Neuer has extended his contract with Bayern Munich and will remain at the Allianz Arena until 2023. The Germany international, who is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, is now 34 and on course for his 8th Bundesliga title in 9 seasons.
The Bavarian giants have dominated the German Bundesliga for close to a decade with Neuer playing his part between the sticks in that period. So it’s only right that he’s awarded for the role he has played.
The player’s career hit a rock in the 2017/18 season after he suffered back-to-back fractures to his metatarsals. This kept him out for a while as Sven Ulreich deputized between the sticks in his absence.
“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.”
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge disclosed the development which is a welcome one for the veteran: “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,”
“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 are covered in the goalkeeping department for the coming seasons as Alexander Nubel arrived at the Allianz Arena on a free transfer from Schalke.
However, due to Neuer’s role as captain for club and country, he’ll remain number one according to Bayern coach Hansi Flick.