FC Bayern Munich are still making intense efforts to retain world footballer Robert Lewandowski and national player Serge Gnabry.
“We will negotiate. We already have some. And now we’ll see what happens,” sporting director Hassan Salihamidzik told Lewandowski after the German champions’ 2-2 win over VfB Stuttgart.
In negotiations with its advisors, no contract extension sought by the club could be achieved. Top earner Lewandowski (33)’s contract runs until June 30, 2023.
The employment of Gnabry (26) will also end after the coming season. “We have our limits. We try to offer the best for every player. And that’s why it’s up to him to decide. The guy is great. I like him a lot and very, want to have him here, Salihamidzic said. There is currently no question of “setting a deadline”.
Salihamidzic pointed to the financial challenges that were exacerbated by the loss of income during the coronavirus pandemic. “We don’t have an infinite amount of money. We have extended some contracts. We tried to keep the core of the team,” said the 45-year-old: “We will see what we can do depending on the financial situation.” He again rejected the commitment of BVB striker Erling Haland. “We certainly don’t,” he said.
National player Leon Goretzka campaigned in Munich for an extension of Gnabry’s contract: “Serge is an excellent player, a very important component in our team,” said Goretzka. He expects “certainly an extension from her”.
“Louis” must remain
This also applies to Lewandowski. “Louis knows, I think, what he has in the club and what we have. The club has made it clear that he will definitely play for us next year. We are all happy about that,” said Goretzka . Salihamidzic recently bid farewell to the goalscorer this summer.
Thomas Mueller earlier this week extended his contract until 2024. It is still pending in the case of Captain Manuel Neuer. “Talks are going pretty well,” said the DAZN captain. there’s no rush.
It is different with world champion Corentin Tolisso. The Frenchman, whose contract expires on June 30, was not seen on Sunday. “He knows how we think, I know how he thinks. We will decide together,” declared Salihamidzic.
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