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Flick 2023: Neuer, Muller, Thiago, Alaba and the potential rebuild facing Bayern's new boss

Fri 03 April 2020 | 19:13

Hansi Flick earned a new deal with Bayern Munich but he faces a likely rebuilding job over the coming seasons.

Bayern Munich handed Hansi Flick a three-year contract extension, running through until June 2023, on Friday – a reward for the stunning turnaround the former Germany assistant coach has overseen since succeeding Niko Kovac.

Nevertheless, it looks likely the 55-year-old's biggest challenges could lie ahead.

"Hansi and I know in which direction we want to develop the team," Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic's said, with a sizable potential rebuild on the horizon.

The long-reigning Bundesliga champions have been linked with blockbusting moves for Leroy Sane, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz over recent months, maintaining their established policy of trying to sweep up all the elite German talents available.

But the nucleus of a squad who have inspired a decade of dominance have the clocks ticking on their Bayern futures.

Here, we look at six stars whose contracts expire in 2021 – over to you, Hansi.

MANUEL NEUER

A symbol of the modern era at Bayern and captain for club and country, Neuer has kept more clean sheets (10) than any other Bundesliga goalkeeper this term.

However, the 33-year-old's save ratio of 69 per cent leaves plenty to be desired, meaning Alexander Nubel's pending arrival next season should apply significant pressure.

It feels unlikely Bayern will not put a deal on the table for Neuer, but would the 2014 World Cup winner hang around as a number two?

DAVID ALABA

The lavishly gifted Austria star has flourished under Flick, stepping effortlessly into the heart of defence following injuries to Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez.

The 27-year-old has played every minute of Bayern's past 20 matches and has no shortage of admirers.

Amid reports of him being unsettled in Bavaria, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City have all been linked with his services of late.

JEROME BOATENG

In many ways, the exemplar of Bayern's renaissance under Flick. The former Germany defender played 13 of 26 matches at the start of the season.

Since January he has started nine of 11 games, performing with his customary assurance and recording a 92 per cent pass completion rate.

However, Boateng will be 32 in September and this run of form might come to be viewed as a fitting swansong at the Allianz Arena, especially once Benjamin Pavard and Hernandez return to fitness.

JAVI MARTINEZ

A well-liked and versatile performer, Martinez's eight years at Bayern have been peppered with injury woes.

The 30-year-old Spain international has started five of the past 12 games and a return to boyhood club Athletic Bilbao would not be a surprise.

THIAGO ALCANTARA

Thiago wowed with a midfield masterclass in the game that arguably sealed Flick's long-term future – the 3-0 Champions League win at Chelsea last month.

The Spain playmaker has supplied eight assists this season and won 61 per cent of his duels.

At 28, Thiago is in his prime and must be a central figure in any Bayern reboot.

THOMAS MULLER

Like Boateng, Muller was dumped out of the international reckoning by Flick's old boss Joachim Low, only to thrive under the former.

There appears to be plenty of life left in a player who will stand as one of Bayern's all-time greats when he hangs up his boots – and surely that will be at the Allianz Arena?

Muller has six goals in his past 13 Bundesliga games and his 16 assists this term represent a career best.


source: SportMob