Bayern Munich gained some clarity over their goalkeeping situation for the next 18 months earlier this week. Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich agreed one-year contract extensions which will keep them at Bayern until 2025. Along with their qualities on the pitch, both players’ presence in the dressing room is crucial as they have good leadership skills.
The next significant contract renewal of a senior player for Bayern is that of Thomas Muller. As things stand, Muller will become a free agent at the end of the season. The German forward has been at the club for 15 years. He has been a crucial players for different manager in the last decade.
It has been an indifferent season for Muller since he is no longer a regular part of the starting XI. The experienced German forward has seen his game time significantly reduced this campaign. Thomas Tuchel has preferred youngster Jamal Musiala in the number ten position over Muller.
Despite a reduced role in the squad, Thomas Muller is hopeful about playing at the top level until 2025. While talking to AZ after Wednesday’s Champions League, club skipper Manuel Neuer backed Muller to extend his stay in Bavaria. Neuer believes that Die Roten and Muller will find an agreement to extend his contract.
"“If Thomas is talking to Bayern and Bayern are talking to Thomas, I assume it will work.”"- Manuel Neuer on Thomas Muller
Christoph Freund and Thomas Tuchel have spoken glowingly about Muller in the past couple of weeks. Die Roten are expected to open talks with Muller in the coming weeks. The German forward is one of the highest earners in the squad, so it will be interesting to see how Bayern approaches negotiations since Muller is 34 now.
Even though Thomas Muller is not playing regularly right now, he has a big role to play this season. In crunch games, Muller’s experience will be handy for Die Roten. Moreover, his presence in the dressing room cannot be underestimated. If he is fine with the new reduced role, it is a no-brainer to extend his contract.
It is quite clear that Tuchel is also fine with Muller staying at Bayern. Everything boils down to both parties sitting down and reaching an agreement over the length and wages in the new deal. The length of the contract is likely to be the same as Neuer's until the end of the 2024/25 campaign.
Along with Muller, Bayern are also working on deals for Alphonso Davies and Leroy Sane. The Bavarian club is also expected to sit down with Joshua Kimmich regarding a new contract in the near future. Along with getting new players in January, Rekordmeister needs to make sure all these players stay in Munich.