Bayern Munich’s Sporting Director, Hasan Salihamidzic, says he expects the club to renew goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s contract and also hopes for star international players to transfer over, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.
“I’m an optimist. So, I hope we can extend the contract with Manuel,’’ Salihamidzic told the German newspaper.
Recent disagreements between Neuer and the German Bundesliga champions have been “resolved internally”, Salihamidzic said.
In an interview with the Sunday newspaper earlier this month, Neuer complained that he missed the discretion afforded in the past, amid his contract negotiations with Bayern Munich.
He was “irritated” by the contract talks’ content being made public.
“Manuel knows that we appreciate him very much.
“I played with Oliver Kahn. I know how good a world-class goalkeeper can be to a team.
“Manuel is a world-class goalkeeper. He is held in high esteem in our club,’’ Salihamidzic told the paper.
Negotiations between Bayern Munich and team captain Neuer for a new contract beyond summer 2021 have been difficult and the sides were reportedly at odds when it comes to the deal’s length and worth.
According to Salihamidzic, the team are planning further transfers, following the signing of goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from rival Bundesliga side Schalke 04.
“We want to strengthen our team with a top talent from Europe.
“Also, we want to bring an international star to Munich who will raise the quality of our team and help the team to offer our spectators highly profitable and attractive football,’’ he said.