Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has extended his contract at the Allianz Arena, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2023.
The 30-year-old’s previous deal was due to expire in 2021, but the club have opted to reward their veteran after he’s enjoyed an impressive turn in form under manager Hansi Flick.
Bayern’s official website confirmed the news of their star’s extension on Tuesday, and Muller said it was his “number one priority” to extend with the reigning Bundesliga champions:
“I've been with FC Bayern for a good two-thirds of my life now, so you can't say that the club and I are just along for the ride - we fight for each other. This club is not just any old employer for me. It’s my passion. I’m happy that I’ll be here for two extra years, and I’ll give everything on and off the pitch.”
The 100-times capped Germany international has won eight Bundesliga titles with Die Roten, as well as a UEFA Champions League crown and a FIFA Club World Cup (both in 2013). Goal looked back on his finest achievements for the club, having joined Bayern’s academy in 2000 at the age of 10:
Muller has played all of his professional career with Bayern and played 521 first-team games for the club, leaving him sixth on the list of all-time appearances.
Niko Kovac didn’t make full use of his attacker when he was Bayern manager at the start of his season, though Muller’s form has improved tremendously since Flick took over after his sacking.
The fan favorite’s most recent goal—his 195th for the club—came in a 2-0 win over Augsburg on March 8, via Fox Soccer:
His spike in form is one of the factors that’s helped rally support behind Flick, who recently signed a contract that will keep him as Bayern boss on permanent terms until 2023.
Muller will have been with Die Roten for 23 years when his new contract reaches its expiration date, with the one-club man moving one step closer to playing his entire career at Bayern.