Bayern Munich's towering defender, Matthijs de Ligt, is likely to be on the sidelines until the end of the year due to a tear in his inner knee ligament. Despite his recent return to individual training, Bayern's coach Thomas Tuchel cast doubt on the Dutch international's possible return in 2023, stating, "My feeling is no." de Ligt's absence comes as a setback for Bayern Munich, who are set to face FC Copenhagen in the Champions League, a competition they have already qualified for the next stage.
Manuel Neuer Extends Contract with Bayern Munich
In another significant development for Bayern Munich, their long-standing goalkeeper and captain, Manuel Neuer, has extended his contract with the club until the summer of 2025. After a year-long hiatus due to a leg fracture, the 37-year-old German international has resumed his position as Bayern's starting goalkeeper. Neuer has been with Bayern since 2011 and served as captain since 2017, boasting an impressive record of eleven Bundesliga titles and 494 matches for the club. The contract extension comes as a testament to the club's faith in Neuer, who aims to lead Bayern to their ambitious goals, including the 2025 Champions League final set in Munich.
Sven Ulreich Also Extends Contract
Adding to the roster of contract extensions, Bayern's backup goalkeeper, Sven Ulreich, will also remain with the club until 2025. Ulreich's extension underscores the team's strategic planning in ensuring they have a robust line of defense, especially in light of the uncertainty around de Ligt's return.
Neuer's Aspiration for National Team Return
Meanwhile, Neuer has expressed his intention to rejoin the German national team for the upcoming international matches in March following a discussion with national coach Julian Nagelsmann. This move signifies Neuer's determination to regain his standing in the international football scene after his injury ordeal and further solidify his legacy as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation.