Friday 13th August 2021
“Bayern captain of the future”
Kimmich deal is only missing the signature
Just don’t repeat the contract disaster with David Alaba. Joshua Kimmich should definitely stay at Bayern. And the 26-year-old obviously wants that too. An agreement should already be reached with the German record champions. This is a sign for others too, such as Leon Goretzka.
He is already being traded as the captain of the future, he is a top performer and spokesman: Now Joshua Kimmich should send a clear signal with the early extension of his contract, which will expire in 2023 – also to his friend Leon Goretzka.
According to reports, there is already an agreement between the record champions Bayern Munich and the 26-year-old. According to “Sport Bild”, the new contract will run until 2025. Bayern had fueled the speculations themselves on Monday: The Allianz Arena was briefly illuminated in red with the abbreviation “JK6” in white.
At FC Bayern, Kimmich is the most important cornerstone in planning, alongside captain Manuel Neuer, striker Robert Lewandowski and club icon Thomas Müller. Even with national coach Hansi Flick, “mentality monster” Kimmich will play a central role in midfield in the future. “He has world-class football and incredible mental strength. He is a leading player, a gift for every club and every coach,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic before the Bundesliga start in Gladbach (8:30 p.m. in the ntv.de live ticker) at “tz / Merkur”.
Salihamidzic last described the ambition of the national player, who moved from VfB Stuttgart to Bayern in 2015 for 8.5 million euros. Kimmich “sits in my office every day and says: ‘I want to win here’.”
“Nobody has regretted staying long”
Still together with Goretzka? For him, the upcoming signature of his buddy could be a signal. Goretzka’s contract expires next summer, negotiations are ongoing, but should prove difficult. The fact is: Bayern absolutely want to prevent a second case of David Alaba, who moved to Real Madrid on a free transfer after last season.
In times of pandemic, the Munich-based company rejected the Austrian’s excessive demands with a drop in sales of 150 million euros. Most recently, the record champions had also broken off talks with Kingsley Coman (contract until 2023) because the ideas were too far apart. Ex-boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge then reprimanded the behavior of some professionals. “I think very few people understand this existential crisis when a professional footballer earns 15 million a year and then is not satisfied with 19.5 million,” he said. Most likely Alaba was meant.
With Kimmich, already referred to by Rummenigge as the “captain of the future”, a consensus has apparently been found, which the 26-year-old even negotiated personally and without an advisor. According to reports, the national player will advance into the Neuer and Müller salary category in the future. In the best case scenario, Kimmich should in the future come to 20 million euros – per year. Only Lewandowski is above that with Bayern.
CEO Oliver Kahn had recently advised the fickle professionals not only to look at the finances when negotiating. “Of course I know that money always plays a role. But a player is also a person who should be concerned,” emphasized the Bayern boss. He could say from his own experience, added Kahn, “how much it gives a player to shape an era. FC Bayern offers its players an incredible amount. And nobody has regretted staying long.”
It is currently unclear how long Niklas Süle (contract until 2022) will remain in Munich in addition to Coman. Corentin Tolisso (2022) is also considered dispensable. In contrast to Kimmich, the Bayern captain of the future.