Bayern Munich take big steps in squad building for next season

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It has been a significant week for Bayern Munich on and off the pitch. The Bavarian club managed to clinch a win against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday to remain at the top of the Bundesliga table. Bayern also enjoyed positive developments off the pitch when it comes to squad building for next season.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will continue to play in Bayern colours next season as he signed a new one-year contract extension. The Cameroon international’s new contract will expire at the end of the 2023/24 season. It is a significant boost for Die Roten since Choupo-Moting has been in fine form this season.

After getting back in the starting lineup at the end of September, Choupo-Moting has become the focal point of Bayern’s attack. The 33-year-old forward has brought more cohesiveness to the attack. He is also enjoying a prolific campaign across all competitions.

The incredible improvement of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in front of the goal did attract interest from other clubs in Europe. Manchester United was firmly linked with a move for Choupo-Moting, but Bayern chiefs were confident about extending his contract.

The former PSG forward has reportedly received a significant pay rise after scoring 15 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions. Bayern is uncertain about signing a number nine in the summer, so securing the future of Choupo-Moting was crucial. He can continue to lead the attack next season if another number nine is not signed in the summer.

Benjamin Pavard may stay at Bayern beyond summer

Along with the contract extension of Choupo-Moting, Bayern also received positive signs from Benjamin Pavard about his future at the club. The French defender told Sport1 that he feels settled in Bavaria and remains open to staying in Munich.

Pavard also insisted that he never planned to leave Bayern. However, the French international admitted in an interview in December that he would be ready to consider other projects. It does look like a consistent run in the heart of defense has changed Pavard’s mind. Julian Nagelsmann is also eager to see the French defender extending his stay in Munich. His current deal expires at the end of next season.

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The former Stuttgart defender has been playing in the back three for Die Roten in the past few weeks. He prefers playing in central defense in the long run. The recent interview from Pavard is promising, but Die Roten still needs to reach an agreement over a new deal. If there is no agreement before the end of the season, then Bayern may end up listening to offers for him in the summer.