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Manuel Neuer will remain number one at FC Bayern Munich for a little longer

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FC Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with first-choice goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer to extend his contract until 30 June 2025. Otherwise, the 37-year-old's contract would have expired at the end of the season. As the club also announced, Neuer's 35-year-old deputy Sven Ulreich also extended his contract by one year.

"We are very happy to have Manuel and Sven with us beyond the current season. Together with Daniel Peretz, they form a goalkeeping team that is second to none," said Bayern sporting director Christoph Freund. Neuer has been between the posts at the record champions since his move from FC Schalke 2011 in 04 and won the German championship eleven times, the DFB Cup five times and the Champions League twice with Bayern. In 2014, Neuer won the World Cup in Brazil as the first-choice goalkeeper for Germany, and he was named World Goalkeeper of the Year five times.

"I'm happy to stay at FC Bayern for another year. After my long injury, I'm back on the attack," said Neuer. In December 2022, Neuer suffered a lower leg fracture while ski mountaineering and was out of action for about ten months. During his rehabilitation, Neuer, who had to relinquish the captaincy of the German national team to İlkay Gündoğan during this time, was represented by Ulreich's club, with whom he is also a private friend: "Knowing Sven will continue to be by my side makes it all the better," said Neuer.

Looking ahead to the next »Finale dahoam«

Neuer, who voluntarily withdrew from Julian Nagelsmann's last round of nominations for the DFB selection, formulated the goal of the 2025 Champions League final in Munich. The 2012 final was played at the Allianz Arena, when Bayern lost 3-4 on penalties to Chelsea. Now the reparation is to follow.