Bayern Munich have some big decisions to make in the coming months when it comes to the contract renewals of senior players. Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer have entered the final year of their contract. Both Bayern players will be free agents at the end of the campaign if there is no breakthrough in contract talks.
Muller has seen a dip in his playing time this season. The German forward is no longer the first choice number ten at Bayern. Jamal Musiala starts regularly behind Harry Kane, while Muller often comes off the bench in the second half.
Despite a reduced role on the pitch, Thomas Muller remains a key member of the squad. He is a leader in the dressing room, and his experience is crucial for Die Roten on the pitch whenever he comes off the bench. Bayern remain keen on extending his contract, but talks are yet to start with the German forward.
Muller is also determined to play at the top level despite having no guarantees of getting regular starts at Bayern. While talking to SportBild this week, the German forward has confirmed his desire to keep playing at least until 2025.
"“I definitely want to play for another year beyond 2024. At least that’s my plan. I’m still enjoying being on the pitch – I hope that’s showing.”"
Bayern want to keep Muller at the club, but it remains to be seen what type of contract they want to negotiate with him. He remains one of the biggest earners in the squad, with an annual salary of €20m/year. Since he is no longer a first-choice option in the starting XI and Muller is 34, Bayern would like to extend his deal at a reduced salary.
SportBild has revealed that initial talks between Muller and Bayern are set to take place in the coming weeks. Muller is keen on staying in Bavaria since he rejected offers from Saudi Arabia in the summer. The two parties just need to find the right agreement on salary.
Thomas Muller also confirmed frustration over reduced game time at Die Roten this season. However, he is aware that Bayern currently have a plethora of quality attacking options. It remains to be seen if Muller’s decision over contract renewal will hinge on how regularly he plays at Die Roten until the end of the season.
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Meanwhile, Bayern are expected to hold talks with Manuel Neuer in the second half of the season. The German goalkeeper returned to action late in October after spending ten months on the sidelines due to a leg injury.