Manuel Neuer’s relationship with Bayern Munich continues to deteriorate as the shot-stopper is unhappy with his new contract offer.
It has been a lucrative bond of nearly a decade between the player and the club but not for long.
Neuer’s current deal is set to expire in June 2021. Since his arrival from Schalke in 2011, the German international has established himself as one of the best in his position, arguably the best. However, at 34 years of age, his effectiveness has visibly declined in recent times.
Barcelona’s Andre Ter-Stegen and Arsenal’s Bernd Leno is constantly threatening to overtake his number spot in the German national team. Neuer is not exactly unhappy at Bayern but he has previously hinted his future could lie elsewhere. The latest contract disagreement is certainly hedging the story towards that direction.
The Bavarians’ captain wants a longer deal than the one he is currently being offered. Bayern have lined up a replacement in Alexander Nubel, who will be arriving from Schalke this summer, ironically following the same path as his predecessor. He is 23 years old and has showcased the level of skill that is acceptable for Bayern.
Neuer has bounced back from injuries to collect 15 cleansheets this season. Of course, negotiations have not completely broken down between the two parties and the current period of absence from football could be ideal to find common ground.