By Score More Staff & Agencies
Bayern Munich has announced a one-year contract extension for goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer, showcasing confidence in the 37-year-old’s abilities after a successful return from a lengthy injury.
Neuer’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season, but the one-year extension ensures his continued presence at Bayern. The decision comes on the heels of Neuer’s comeback on October 28 after being sidelined for over 10 months due to a leg injury sustained while skiing.
“After my long injury, I’m back in full swing. It’s immense fun for me to be on the pitch with this team,” expressed Neuer in a club statement. “I’m sure that, together with the fans, we can achieve our big goals in the coming years — and obviously the 2025 Champions League final in Munich is one of them.”
Having joined Bayern in 2011, Neuer has made 494 appearances for the club. The extension takes him through to the end of the 2024-25 season, coinciding with the Champions League final to be held at Bayern’s home stadium.
Sven Ulreich, Neuer’s longtime backup, also received a one-year contract extension through to 2025.
Since Neuer’s return, Bayern has been in formidable form, winning five out of six games, scoring 20 goals, and conceding just five. The sole setback was a surprising 2-1 German Cup loss to third-tier Saarbruecken on November 1. Coach Thomas Tuchel hailed Neuer’s return as “crucial” to the team’s improvement.
“Manuel has shown since his comeback that he’s not lost any of his ability,” commented chief executive Jan-Christian Dreesen.
Heading into the Champions League clash against Copenhagen, Bayern is already qualified for the knockout stages and boasts a remarkable run of 17 consecutive wins in group-stage games. The team remains unbeaten in the group stage for a record 38 games since 2017.
While defender Matthijs de Ligt returned to individual training after a knee injury, Tuchel indicated that he doesn’t expect the Dutch center-back to play for Bayern again this year. The team’s final game before the winter break in Germany is against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on December 20.