Bayern Munich’s contract negotiations with a quartet of key players will not be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, insists CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, David Alaba, and Thiago Alcantara are all out of contract in 2021 and are mulling over the offer of fresh terms from the Bundesliga champions, who extended Hansi Flick’s stay as head coach on Friday.
Rummenigge reassured Bayern fans that any economic impact from the spread of COVID-19 would not play a part in how those talks played out.
“Our offers are extremely fair and serious – without a ‘corona discount’,” he told Bild “I think that not many clubs around the world handle [it like] this in this crisis.”
Flick signed on for three years after impressing in interim charge at the Allianz Arena.
He took over from Niko Kovac in November before being appointed head coach on a full-time basis until the end of the season.
Having appeared in danger of failing to mount a title challenge under Kovac, Flick has since restored the winning habit, returning Bayern to the top of the Bundesliga.
However, he is likely to face a rebuilding job during his tenure as the nucleus of a squad who have inspired a decade of dominance are reaching the end of their contracts.