Martinez confirms that his future will be away from Bayern Munich next season.
Bayern Munich fans will be tearful next summer while bidding farewell to numerous players. In the last few weeks, there has been speculation surrounding the future of some of the senior players in the current. The club is yet to confirm these reports, so things could change in the next seven months.
The German Champions had started a small rebuilt two summers ago and kept few senior players to win the treble. They are likely to execute a similar process next summer. It remains to be seen how much money they will be able to spend if games continue to be played behind closed doors.
Three senior players may leave next summer. Javi Martinez is one of them. The Spanish midfielder is set to leave Bavaria after spending nine years at the club. Martinez was close to leaving Bavaria last summer, but a move never materialized.
Speaking during the pre-match press conference (via Goal) on Monday, Martinez admitted that he wants to experience a new adventure in his career. The destination for Martinez is unknown, but that surely confirms that he is unlikely to be handed a contract extension.
“I would like to try something new, no matter where, but something new before I end my career.
“The contract says it is the last year. I am happy to be here now and I am part of the team and that is what is important.”
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Martinez has been consistently linked with a move back to Athletic Bilbao, but a move never materialized. The Spaniard was also linked with a move to Fiorentina last summer. Considering the impact of the pandemic on the transfer market, a player of Martinez’s caliber is likely to be in demand due to his contract situation at Bayern.
As of now, Martinez is playing a bit part role under Hansi Flick. He has been largely playing in the holding midfielder role this season whenever other midfielders are not available. In the last few years of his career, midfield is the position where he can thrive. He looks vulnerable in central defense against rapid forwards.
Martinez did play a significant role in winning UEFA Supercup at the start of the season. He came off the bench in Budapest to score the winner in extra time. Considering there is a congested schedule this season, the Spanish midfielder will get decent opportunities.
Nevertheless, it has been a remarkable Bayern career for Martinez. The Spaniard played a big role on the pitch during the first treble in 2013. He went on to become a leader in the dressing room and helped the German Champions to enjoy sustained success. It will be a departure that will suit all parties, without any bitterness. Hopefully, Martinez ends his time in Bavaria with another treble.