At Bayern’s championship party, they celebrated with the fans in t-shirts with the “10” on the chest, the zero formed from the championship trophy. Whether Serge Gnabry (26) and Robert Lewandowski (33) also celebrate the eleventh championship in a row with Munich is open.
On the one hand, because the record champions showed weaknesses in the final phase of the season, which gives the competition hope for a title replacement in the coming season. On the other hand, because the future of the offensive players is unclear.
Lewandowski’s contract runs until 2023 and should be extended. Sport director Hasan Salihamidzic: “We will hold the talks. We’ve led a few. And now we’ll see what happens,” he said after the 2-2 win over VfB Stuttgart.
Gnabry’s contract also ends in 2023 and is to be extended. He has had a very good offer for a long time, which should secure him earnings of between 17 and 19 million euros in the event of a contract extension beyond 2023. This offer is the pain threshold, Bavaria does not want to increase it at the moment.
Salihamidzic: “We have limits. We try to offer the best for every player. And that’s why it’s up to him to decide. The boy is great. I like him very much and would love to keep him here.”
Gnabry is said to be disappointed that his negotiations before this lucrative offer have dragged on for so long. The contracts of his buddies Kimmich and Goretzka were previously extended, as was that of his competitor Coman. Gnabry feels set back. He hasn’t turned down Bayern’s offer yet. He’s in no hurry to sign it either. Time plays for him. After the new season he would be free of charge and could collect a so-called “signing fee” at another club in addition to a top salary.
That’s what David Alaba (29) did last summer, who is now supposed to make a move to his Real Madrid club palatable to Gnabry. Alaba is said to have rejected an offer of 19.5 million euros at Bayern. He now earns 19.47 million euros at Real Madrid – but received an additional 17.7 million euros for his signature.
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 team,” said the 45-year-old: “We’ll see what we can do based on the financial situation.” He again ruled out a commitment from 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 was not dismissed before the game against Stuttgart. “He knows how we think, I know how he thinks. We will decide together,” announced Salihamidzic. Everything points to a farewell as Tolisso is too injury-prone.