Thursday, October 21, 2021

Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka pens new deal with Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have secured another of their key players for the long term after Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka put pen to paper on a new contract.

Goretzka, 26, has committed his future to the nine-in-a-row Bundesliga champions after signing a lengthy extension that will keep him at the club until 2026.

Goretzka’s previous deal had been due to expire next summer, but he can now target a fourth Bundesliga title since moving from Schalke in 2018 safe in the knowledge that his future lies in Munich.

“We’ve won everything there is to win over the past three years. But what would be even better than winning titles is confirming and repeating these successes. We want to build on this in the coming years,” said the 26-year-old.

“The team, the club and the environment are not just highly professional, but also familiar. This mixture is one of the things that guarantees success at this club. I’m very happy to be extending my contract until 2026.”

The powerful central midfielder, who scored a memorable goal for Germany against Hungary at UEFA Euro 2020, picked up his most recent trophy with Bayern after he started in the DFL Supercup win over Borussia Dortmund.

Goretzka netted five times in 24 league appearances for the six-time European champions last season, and he was previously an integral part of the side that won an incredible sextuple of trophies in succession between 2019 and 2021. That streak of success included the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League and 2020 FIFA Club World Cup titles.

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“I’m very happy we’ll be working together for the next five years,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “Leon is a source of energy on and off the pitch. He has great technique and dynamism and is a particularly dangerous midfielder who can decide games. We’re delighted Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are the heart of our team and they will be on the ball for Bayern for many more years to come.”

The Bochum academy graduate also won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup with Germany, and currently has 14 goals in 35 caps for his country.
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