FC Bayern’s complicated goalkeeper puzzle

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With Manuel Neuer, FC Bayern has one of the world’s best goalkeepers in its own ranks. The personnel situation behind the Munich number one is much more exciting. While Alexander Nübel is on loan to AS Monaco, Sven Ulreich is currently available as a deputy. Meanwhile, rumors about a possible interest in Stefan Ortega are coming up again. How does the Bundesliga Primus plan between the posts?

Actually, the goalkeeper situation at FC Bayern is clear: Manuel Neuer is number one and will remain so for years to come.

The 35-year-old is currently tied to the club until 2023. Behind the scenes, however, an expansion of the cooperation has long since been explored. According to “kicker”, FC Bayern would like to extend Neuer to 2024, other media recently wanted to know about a possible working paper until 2025.

The future of Nübel and Ulreich at Bayern is open

The situation behind Neuer, on the other hand, is more opaque. Actually, Alexander Nübel is planned as a future regular keeper. But Neuer’s expected contract extension would have a direct impact on the 25-year-old. After all, the former Schalke player would have to be patient in this case.

Nübel actually wants to take over at Bayern after his loan at AS Monaco ends in the summer of 2023. According to the “kicker”, it is possible that the former U21 national player will wait another year. Should Neuer extend until 2025, Nübel would probably be gone.

“What I can no longer imagine is coming back and not getting more games,” the goalkeeper revealed to the specialist magazine last November.

The sporting future of Sven Ulreich at FC Bayern is still unclear. The 33-year-old’s contract ends after the current season. In the absence of Neuer, who injured his knee, the veteran knew how to convince. Nevertheless, it is questionable whether the Bundesliga club will continue working with Ulreich.

Is FC Bayern courting Bielefeld’s Ortega?

The reason for this are the ongoing rumors about Stefan Ortega. The Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper can change clubs free of charge in the summer. According to information from “Sport Bild” and “kicker”, FC Bayern is exploring a commitment from the 29-year-old.

Last summer, Ortega allegedly canceled the German industry leader in order to continue playing regularly. It remains to be seen whether this attitude has changed over the past few months. In terms of sport, Ortega would certainly be an asset for the Munich goalkeeper team.

After all, the man from Bielefeld has saved 72.9 percent of opposing shots on goal this Bundesliga season. For comparison: Manuel Neuer comes in these statistics at 70.3 percent.

In addition, Ortega has footballing advantages over Munich’s current number two Ulreich, as he is considered a strong goalkeeper with the ball at his feet. However, FC Bayern would probably have to dig deeper into their pockets for the former 1860 professional. According to “Bild”, Ortega demands more than the two million euros that Ulreich is currently earning.

In view of his advanced football age, Ortega would not be a perspective successor for Neuer.

FC Bayern has to make important decisions

The fact is: Either way, FC Bayern is faced with a complicated goalkeeper puzzle. While the choice between Ulreich and Ortega is ultimately “only” about the medium-term number two, Nübel’s future is particularly explosive.

His move to Bayern Munich has long been viewed critically by many observers. “Neuer was and is there, at an absolute top level, but he couldn’t replace him in the foreseeable future,” said Munich goalkeeper legend Jean-Marie Pfaff at the end of January.

In the coming weeks, FC Bayern will have to make important decisions. The possible contract extension with Neuer could be the first domino.

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