The new Allianz Arena head coach has revealed the midfielder is in his plans for the upcoming season, while speculations about his future continue
Julian Nagelsmann is “confident” that Leon Goretzka will extend his contract at Bayern Munich amid rumors linking him with a move to Manchester United.
Goretzka has entered into the last 12 months of his current contract at Allianz Arena and it is proposed that Bayern can pay the midfielder this summer to prevent him from losing him in 2022 for free.
Old Trafford is considered the most likely next destination for the 26-year-old, and United are reportedly ready to make a formal offer, but Nagelsmann is optimistic he will choose to stay with the German champions.
What was said?
Goretzka returns to action for Bayern after his performances for Germany during Euro 2020, when they suffered a 3-0 friendly defeat against Napoli on Saturday.
Nagelsmann, who was asked for an update on his post-match contract situation, told reporters: “I’m not involved enough to have a say every day. I stay out of these issues.
“Of course I talked to him about my plans for him. I told him I would be happy if he extended him and I am also confident. There are several topics regarding the discussion of a contract extension.
“I will continue to focus on the sports side of things and show him that he can be one of the most dangerous midfielders in Europe. He can get even better.”
Will there still be income at Bayern?
Bayern have already signed Omar Richards and Sven Ulreich for free transfers, while Dayot Upamecano was officially unveiled at Allianz Arena after agreeing in February to join RB Leipzig for £ 38 million ($ 53 million).
However, after seeing his team lose their first four games before the season, Nagelsmann is open to re-entering the market for reinforcements.
“I said before that I will take over a well-functioning team,” he said. “I haven’t had the full team yet. Monday we are complete when others return, and then it’s to find the rhythm in the exercise.
“I’m not worried about these scores. I think the first half of today was good. We had control and played well, but we did not manage to create many chances in the last third.
“Our job as a club is to always keep an eye on the market. We have a good team, but we can always improve it. Every coach in the world wants the best team.”