Serge Gnabry signs a contract extension with Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have tied up Serge Gnabry for the long term, securing a new contract for the young forward that expires in 2023.

Bayern Munich are entering a new era, with a squad that will be built around a core of their current young stars. Die Roten will be looking to bring in a few young players in the upcoming transfer window, but they are also focused on tying down their current corps for the future.

Serge Gnabry is now the latest player to pledge his long-term future to the Bavarians. Bayern released an official statement on Tuesday, announcing Gnabry’s contract extension. The German forward’s new deal at Bayern will now expire in 2023. Speaking to the club’s official website, Gnabry insisted Bayern is the right place for him to win trophies and develop as a top player over the next several years.

“I’m feeling very, very much at home here. It’s great fun to play for this team. Of course, I hope for many titles and great moments, and I’m looking forward to a good future with FC Bayern.

“In terms of football, things are going very well for me at the moment, but I know I still have room for improvement, and that I’ll have to continue to get better.”

Gnabry joined Bayern Munich in 2017 after an impressive campaign with Werder Bremen. Die Roten reportedly paid €8 million for Gnabry, before handing him a three-year contract. The German was eager to get more playing time after joining Bayern, and his wish was fulfilled straightaway when the club sorted out a one-year loan deal with Hoffenheim.

The former Arsenal forward enjoyed an impressive season at Hoffenheim. He flourished under Julian Nagelsmann, ending the season with 10 goals in 26 appearances. Gnabry came back to Bayern in the summer, and the club had no intentions to send him back on loan for another year. Niko Kovac was eager to make him a key player, as Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman consistently struggle with injuries.

Gnabry has responded well to the demands of playing for a top club, despite many people’s doubts. He is the club’s second top scorer this season with eight goals across all competitions, his versatility has allowed Kovac to remain flexible with his front three. Gnabry still has to improve his contributions in the final third, but he has surely shown his ability to score in clutch situations. The German should be aiming to reach the 15-goal mark by the end of the season.

Bayern are looking at the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Nicolas Pepe to add more quality to the wide areas. Gnabry might no longer be a first choice player if one of these two players join in the summer and Kingsley Coman remains fit. However, the German winger will be an important player over the course of this season and the next few. It was no doubt a great move from Bayern to ensure Gnabry spends the foreseeable future in Bavaria.