It’s official. Kingsley Coman has renewed his contract with Bayern Munich, keeping him at the club until 2027. After a series of uncertainties over his future at the club who even went so far as to search for a Premier League contender last summer, the talks progressed and pen was put on paper earlier today. Coman succeeds Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, who have already signed contract extensions with Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer who are expected to do the same at some point in the future.
Although the club have not officially confirmed the finances of the new deal, it has been strongly suggested that Coman will now become one of Bayern’s top earners in the € 15m or more category. It was reported earlier this week that the new deal, after additions, would be worth around € 17million per year.
Speaking on Coman’s contract extension, former Bayern president Uli Hoeneß said it was more than money for Coman and the club. “It’s not just about money. There is hardly a club that can currently offer such great opportunities to win the Champions League as consistently as we do, ”he said (Abendzeitung). Ironically enough, it was Coman who scored the game-winning goal in the 2020 Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon, Portugal, which notched another historic treble at Bayern.
While Coman could see a significant increase in his salary, Hoeneß said it is much more than that for players who decide to sign long-term contracts at Bayern. According to Hoeneß, the vision and dynamism of the club and the living conditions in Munich add much more to the decision-making processes of the players. “Whether you make more or less than a million now doesn’t matter. You can still only eat one steak a day. I already have the feeling that the players attach great importance to the incredible quality of life in our city, to the safety here for their children, to the German health system, to the school system. It all plays a role. And it’s not like you don’t win a lot at FC Bayern either, ”he explained.
Hoeneß also revealed that the club do not want to go through another situation with David Alaba. Bayern didn’t want negotiations to fail to the point where, as Alaba inevitably did when joining Real Madrid, go on a free transfer when his contract expires. This is something they wanted to avoid at all costs (no pun intended), especially for a player of Coman’s value in the transfer market. “That with David Alaba, an important player left the club, it can happen sometimes, but it should not happen too often. Then something would be torn from our mosaic, ”he urged.