Bayern Munich part ways with two goalkeepers

Christian Fruchtl, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
Christian Fruchtl, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images) /

Before the start of the summer window, Bayern Munich brought some clarity surrounding the goalkeeping department. The Bavarian club extended the contracts of Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich, while Alexander Nubel will continue his loan spell at Monaco. The German Champions have sorted the future of two young goalkeepers on Wednesday.

The highly-rated Christian Fruchtl has left Bayern permanently to join Austria Vienna on a three-year deal. The German goalkeeper spent last season at Bayern after a poor loan spell at FC Nurnberg. Fruchtl has been the third-choice goalkeeper at Die Roten during his five-year stint with the senior team. He managed to get only one appearance for the senior team.

Along with Fruchtl, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann left Bayern to join Eintracht Braunschweig on a two year deal. Hoffmann had a very productive loan spell at Sunderland last season. The German goalkeeper had hinted at extending his stay in England, but he eventually returned to Bavaria at the end of the season.

Hoffman spent the majority of his time in Bavaria with the reserves team. The permanent transfers for both goalkeepers are coming at the right time as they look to continue their development by playing regularly at the senior level.

Bayern has not revealed the transfer fee received for Fruchtl and Hoffmann. However, SportBild has revealed that Die Roten has a buy-back clause inserted in the deals for both goalkeepers. It is a standard practice done by top European clubs while selling young players.

The Bavarian club may bring them back to the club in the future if they eventually fulfill their potential. Both have shown great potential at the youth level, so these moves give them guaranteed playing time at the senior level to eventually get a big move.

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Meanwhile, Manuel Neuer will remain the first-choice goalkeeper at Bayern Munich next season. The German international will be staying in Bavaria at least until 2024. He is showing no signs of decline and remains eager to retire at Bayern. Meanwhile, Sven Ulreich will continue to serve as deputy of Neuer after signing a contract extension until 2023.

Die Roten will have a big decision to make regarding Alexander Nubel next summer. The German goalkeeper will be returning from a two-year loan spell at Monaco. Nubel is not interested in playing the second fiddle to Neuer, so Die Roten will have to find a solution that will keep both goalkeepers happy.