Javi Martínez will leave this summer after nine years at Bayern Munich, the German club announced on Tuesday.

The expiring contract of the 32-year-old Spaniard will not be extended.

Martínez came over from the Spanish Athletic Club in 2012.

In the past nine years, the defender / midfielder has won 22 awards at Bayern, including 8 league titles and 2 Champions Leagues (in 2013 and 2020).

Most likely, a 23rd prize will be added.

If Bayern beats Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, Martínez's ninth national title in nine years will be a fact.

Eighteen-time international Martínez, who became world champion in 2010, says when announcing his retirement that he is proud of his years at Bayern.

"I have lived for this club and am very happy with the many titles we have won together. Bayern and the fans will remain in my heart forever," said Martínez.

Javi Martinez celebrates the Champions League victory in 2020 with Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Müller, among others.

Javi Martinez celebrates the Champions League victory in 2020 with Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Müller, among others.

Photo: ANP

'Martínez was a direct hit'

Martínez developed in the first years in Munich into an important player at Bayern, but was no longer sure of a basic place in recent years.

He has scored 266 games and 14 goals for 'Der Rekordmeister' so far.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaks fine words about Martínez: "It was a difficult decision to get Javi Martínez in 2012 for a record amount of 40 million euros, but it turned out to be a hit. Javi gave our team a lot of quality and also personally he fit great . "

It is not yet known which club Martínez will go to.

After David Alaba and Jérôme Boateng, he is the third experienced force to leave Bayern on a free transfer next summer.

Bayern announces that they will receive "an appropriate goodbye".

#FCBayern and @ Javi8martinez are saying 'goodbye and thank you' from the bottom of their hearts after nine very successful years together.

#GraciasJavi ❤️ #MiaSanMia

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Avatar Author FCBayernEN Moment of places 13: 21 - 4 May 2021

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