Bayern Munich Will Be Stupid To Let Manuel Neuer Leave – Ex Goalkeeper
Longtime Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sepp Maier says the German champions would be “stupid” to let Manuel Neuer leave the club as his contract nears its end.
Neuer’s deal with Bayern is set to expire in summer 2021, and the two sides have been in negotiations over a new contract in recent months.
However, Neuer and Bayern have yet to come to an agreement on a new deal, with reports stating that the goalkeeper is looking to sign a contract through 2025.
Bayern have already begun to prepare for life after Neuer, having agreed to sign 23-year-old up-and-comer Alexander Nubel from Schalke, the same club that gave Neuer his start.
Since moving to Bayern from Schalke in 2011, Neuer has played in 374 matches for the club while winning seven Bundesliga titles, a Champions League title and four DFB-Pokal trophies.
“I don’t think they are so stupid to let Neuer go,” Maier, who featured for Bayern from 1962 to 1980, told Abendzeitung.
“Bayern would regret it very much in the next few years.”
And, with Neuer having recently turned 34, Maier believes the longtime starter has a few good years left to offer the club.
“Why shouldn’t Neuer play at top level for five years? He’s fit, the boy.”
“There is currently no one better than Neuer in the world,” he added, “and there will be none in the next five years.”