Bayern Munich face hurdle in contract negotiations with Leon Goretzka

Leon Goretzka, FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Leon Goretzka, FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Leon Goretzka was the hero for Germany on Wednesday as he scored decisive equaliser in the 84th minute against Hungary to help his team to book a place in the round of 16 of Euro 2020. The German midfielder has become a vital cog for Germany and Bayern Munich in the last two years. Die Roten is looking to reward his performances with the new deal, but they have reportedly faced a new hurdle.

According to SportBild this week, the negotiations for the contract renewal of Goretzka are turning out to be much more complicated. The introduction of a new agent by Goretzka has made things a bit difficult. Moreover, there has been interest from top clubs in the 26-year-old midfielder.

Multiple reports in Germany have previously reported that Goretzka is eager to extend his stay at the club. Some media outlets even went on to say that the new contract has been finalised, so the latest development is surprising, to say the least. Since Goretzka has only one year left on his contract, Die Roten needs to find an agreement as soon as possible.

After arriving from Schalke, Goretzka has steadily improved and established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe. The German international has adapted as per the demands of different coaches at Die Roten to become a complete midfielder.

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Leon Goretzka flourished as a goal-scoring midfielder during his first season in Munich. However, he has grown physically and tactically to play as a box-to-box midfielder. Hansi Flick also used Goretzka as a number six in few games last season after Thiago Alcantara left the club to join Liverpool.

Injuries have caused problems for Goretzka last season, but he remains one of the key players at Die Roten. It looks certain that Goretzka will have an equally important role under Julian Nagelsmann. The 33-year-old German coach is likely to use Leon Goretzka as a box-to-box midfielder in the 3-5-2 system.

Rekordmeister needs to do everything possible to extend Goretzka’s contract. They cannot afford to lose him on a free transfer next season. The German Champions have not got the best results in contract renewals of key players over the last 12 months, so the complex negotiations with Goretzka are surely bad news for the Bavarian faithful.

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Meanwhile, Javi Martinez announced his next destination this week. The Spanish midfielder is set to join Qatar SC once his contract with Die Roten expires at the end of June. Martinez won every possible trophy during his ten-year stint in Bavaria.