Negotiations for a contract extension between Bayern Munich and Manuel Neuer have stalled, and the iconic goalkeeper has not appreciated at all the details of the talks disclosed in the press, reports German magazine Kicker on Tuesday.
Neuer’s 34-year contract expires in June 2021. The two parties seem ready in principle to extend but on radically different conditions.
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If the talks fail, Neuer could leave free next June. Manchester City and Chelsea have already expressed interest, according to Kicker.
“The will to resume negotiations is very weak,” says German media from the pen of its chief reporter Karlheinz Wild, “it could still take weeks, even months before a final decision is made. the moment too hardened. “
According to German newspapers, Neuer is asking for an extension until 2025. Bayern is not ready to go until 2023: Neuer will then be 37 years old. In addition, the agent of the player Thomas Kroth would have asked for his protege a salary of 20 million per year, more than the offer from Bayern.
These leaks put Neuer out of it, says Kicker: “The relationship of trust between the player and the club is said to be seriously shaken,” the magazine writes.
A Living legend of German football, four times named best goalkeeper in the world, 2014 world champion with the national team, Neuer is still the captain of Bayern, with which he has played 373 games since his arrival from Schalke in 2011. His record: 266 goals conceded (average 0.71 per game) and 189 times unbeaten.
Furthermore, and whatever he says publicly, Neuer would have been irritated by the announcement of the arrival at the club next season of the very ambitious Alexandr Nübel, the 23-year-old goalkeeper of the national team Hopes. Nübel also comes from Schalke, with the avowed aim of one day taking over from his glorious elder.
Bayern, press reports say, have promised at least ten official matches a season to Nübel. The information has not been officially confirmed, but Neuer has already replied: “I am not an extra, I am an actor, I always want to play,” he said.