Discussions and indiscretions: Manuel Neuer is one of the victims of the riots at Bayern. So should he go? The “duel of the week” with R. Hiersemann and F. Wichert.
Lots of injuries, discussions about possible winter transfers, the embarrassing test game failure at second division club Nuremberg or the turmoil surrounding Schalke’s goalkeeper Alexander Nübel for the new season: The FC Bayern does not come to rest before the start of the reverse series.
One of the victims is the captain Manuel Neuer, who is supposed to extend his contract with Bavaria beyond 2021 to 2023. His advisor Thomas Kroth had already raised the alarm in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” before the season and flirted with a change of client: “Manuel is success-oriented. My impression is that the gap to the four top English teams is serious and the Munich one Squad is not yet positioned accordingly – that is to say competitive – to seriously address Manuel’s goals. “
The squad is no better for the semi-series. Instead, there is more trouble for newcomers. Bayern has signed Schalke’s Alexander Nübel for the new season and concocted the plan for new games to be given to the 23-year-old. He thought little of the idea (“I am not an extra, but a protagonist”) and was still annoyed about indiscretions after content from discussions with Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic penetrated outside.
Should Neuer risk a new adventure and leave FC Bayern?
Yes, Neuer can only achieve his goals abroad
He is 34 at the end of the season and 35 by the end of the contract in 2021. Manuel Neuer is in the late autumn of his career, but he still has two goals. First, he wants to keep playing every game. Second: he really wants to win the Champions League again. Interview by consultant Kroth in summer 2019: “No matter where.”
The problem is: At Bayern, Neuer will not achieve both goals in the next few years.
Firstly, because Alexander Nübel von Schalke should get at least 15 appearances per season. On the other hand, because neither the Bayern squad nor coach Flick (so far) have the format for the title in the premier class.
The solution is simple: After nine years, seven German championships, four DFB cup victories and the Champions League title with Bayern, Neuer should take on a new adventure, gain valuable experience abroad and continue his title hunt elsewhere. At Juventus Turin, Wojciech Szczesny is currently taking turns with the 41-year-old Gianluigi Buffon, at Paris St. Germain Keylor Navas is missing the world-class format. Both clubs could use Neuer very well. He would have a regular place and better chances of winning the Champions League than Bayern.
No, Bavaria would never let him go anyway
Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and nothing will change in the coming years. FC Bayern will do everything possible to keep it as long as possible. Because he is much more than just a goalkeeper.
Neuer is Bayern captain, world champion 2014, has been playing for the record champion for nine years, played 233 Bundesliga games for the club and is now 33 years old. It would not be good for anyone – neither for the club nor for himself – to leave the club.
And doesn’t he have enough adventure after signing goalkeeper Alexander Nübel at Bayern? Finally a little competition again! In recent years, Neuer has only experienced this in the national team. At FCB he was always the undisputed number one.
But adventures or not, Neuer himself should think carefully about whether a change in age still makes sense for him: Most of the goalkeeper positions in top European clubs are filled. New at a middle class club, that will not exist. A move to the United States would be too early, and it is difficult to imagine the ambitious newcomer in China either.
There is exactly one club that “Manu” still fits perfectly even in high football age: and that trains on Säbener Straße in Munich.
Who is right?
In the “Duel of the week“comment weekly Florian Wichert (Deputy Editor in Chief at t-online.de) and Robert Hiersemann (Head of Football and Sports) current football topics. This week is about Alexander Nübel’s move from Schalke to Bavaria – also as a podcast to listen to and subscribe to for free Apple. Spotify. Google. Deezer, Podigee and in every podcast app.