nAfter a short party with the Championship Trophy, the Munich series champions quickly looked forward to the next season. “I totally believe in the team. We love these guys,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said after the champions’ mixed performance in the 2-2 (2-1) win in the last Bundesliga game of the season against Stuttgart.
“These are great guys. They will go ahead on gas next year,” confirmed Salihamidzic. The sporting director could not say which team this would happen and whether world footballer Robert Lewandowski and national player Serge Gnabry would extend their contracts. Coach Julian Nagelsmann thoughtfully said: “Of course we still have a few construction sites to close in the team, this is work, but we will do it.”
With only a short time of excessive cohesion in the fans’ curve as fans were allowed to celebrate the rare experience of the Championship trophy in their hands, the Stuttgart team, hoping for an outright rescue in the relegation battle, briefly faded into the background on Sunday night. “That feeling is always the same – no matter if it’s the first, second or tenth championship,” said deputy captain Thomas Muller.
After a great season again, but disappointing results in the Champions League and DFB Cup, Muller did not want to “get involved in doomsday scenarios”, he asserted. Instead, he said defiantly: “No one should worry about Bayern Munich.” But no one in the Munich celebration delegation wanted to announce an attack on the crown of Europe. “We will see what we can do based on the financial situation,” Salihamidzic said.
“We are all happy with that”
The contract with Muller has been extended until mid-2024. The national guard must follow Neuer. “Talks are going well,” said the captain at DAZN. There is no hurry. On the other hand, the future of Lewandowski and national player Serge Gnabry remains uncertain. “We will hold talks. We have led a little. Now we will see what happens,” said Salihamidzic Lewandowski.
The contract extends for another year. “Leoy knows, I think, what he has at the club and what he has in us. The club has made it clear that he will definitely play for us next year. We are all happy with that,” said Leon Goretzka. Salihamidzic had recently ruled out farewell to the top scorer this summer.
He told Gnabry: “We have limits. We try to give the best to every player. That’s why it’s up to him to decide. The boy is great. I love him so much and would like to keep him here.” Goretzka campaigned for Gnabry’s contract extension in Munich: “Serge An outstanding player, a very important component of our team as well,” Goretzka said. He hopes “of course an extension of it”.
Salihamidzic referred to the financial challenges that were increased by the loss of income during the Corona pandemic. “We don’t have an infinite amount of money. We have extended some contracts. We have tried to keep the heart of the team,” the 45-year-old said, “We will see what we can do based on the financial situation.” “.