At Bayern’s championship party, they celebrated with the fans in t-shirts with the “10” on the chest, the zero formed by the championship trophy. Whether Serge Gnabry (26) and Robert Lewandowski (33) are also celebrating the eleventh championship in a row with Munich is open.
On the one hand, because the record champions showed weaknesses in the final stage of the season, which gives the competition hope for a title replacement in the coming season. On the other hand, because the future of attacking players is unclear.
Lewandowski’s contract runs until 2023 and is expected to be extended. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic: “We will hold the talks. We’ve run a few of them. And now we’ll see what happens,” he said after the 2-2 win against VfB Stuttgart.
Gnabry’s contract also ends in 2023 and is due for an extension. He has long had a very good offer, which should guarantee him gains of between 17 and 19 million euros in the event of a contract extension beyond 2023. This offer is the threshold of pain, Bavaria does not want increase it for now.
Salihamidzic: “We have limits. We try to offer the best for each player. And that’s why it’s up to him to decide. The boy is great. I like him very much and would like to keep him here.
Gnabry would be disappointed that his negotiations ahead of this lucrative offer dragged on for so long. The contracts of his buddies Kimmich and Goretzka have been extended before, as has that of his competitor Coman. Gnabry feels withdrawn. He hasn’t turned down Bayern’s offer yet. He’s in no rush to sign either. Time is on his side. After the new season, he would be free and could collect a so-called ‘signing fee’ at another club in addition to a maximum salary.
That’s what David Alaba (29) did last summer, who is now supposed to make a move to his club Real Madrid to Gnabry’s taste. Alaba reportedly rejected a €19.5m bid from Bayern. He now earns €19.47m at Real Madrid – but received an additional €17.7m for signing.
Salihamidzic now warns: “We don’t have an infinite amount of money. We have extended some contracts. We tried to keep the core of the squad,” the 45-year-old said: “We’ll see what we can do depending on the financial situation.” He again ruled out a commitment from the BVB striker Erling Haaland “We certainly don’t,” he said.
The future of world champion Corentin Tolisso is open. The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season. He wasn’t dismissed before the game against Stuttgart. “He knows how we think, I know how he thinks. We will decide together,” Salihamidzic announced. Everything points to a farewell as Tolisso is too prone to injury.