Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga for the seventh consecutive season last week. However, after winning the title at a canter for the last several years the Bavarian side faced a title challenge from Borussia Dortmund. Bayern were actually behind Dortmund for large parts of the season but managed to overhaul Der BVB in the second half of the campaign when Lucien Favre's side seemed to buckle under the pressure of the title fight.
The title race went down to the last day of the season where Bayern overcame a brief scare to beat Eintracht Frankfurt and retain the Bundesliga title.
Die Bayern did suffer a disappointing exit in the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Liverpool. After gaining a creditable 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg, Bayern delivered a tepid performance in front of their own fans at the Allianz Arena, losing 3-1 and exiting the Champions League with a whimper.
There has been an over-reliance on older players at the club in recent years and this almost cost the Bavarian side in the league this season. Despite this,
Manuel Neuer - KEEP - After missing most of the 2017/18 season with a series of foot injuries, Neuer endured a disappointing return to the starting XI this campaign. He established himself as the best goalkeeper in the world before his injury but seems to have diminished both physically and technically since, making series of uncharacteristic errors. However, at 33 he is still in his prime years for a goalkeeper and should remain number one at the club.
Sven Ulreich - KEEP - The 30-year-old deputised ably for Neuer while the Germany number one was injured. Ulreich did come for criticism at times for lacking Neuer's commanding presence but has enough experience and quality to remain as the back-up goalkeeper at the club.
Christian Früchtl - KEEP - Widely considered to be Neuer's long-term replacement, the 18-year-old should be given an opportunity to compete for role of first-choice goalkeeper at the club next season. Possessing composure and quality that belies his tender age, it would not be a surprise if he be became a starter sooner rather than later.
Joshua Kimmich - STAY - After starting his career as a central midfielder, the 24-year-old was converted to a full-back by previous manager Pep Guardiola. Kimmich has adapted brilliantly to this role and has now cemented his position as the first choice right-back at the club. He may face competition from the incoming Benjamin Pavard next season but will undoubtedly remain with Die Bayern.
Rafinha - RELEASE - The club has already announced that Rafinha will be leaving Bayern this summer after spending eight years at the club. The versatile Brazil has not let Bayern down when called upon and the club will miss his experience and know-how when he departs. However, he is 33 and having had very few opportunities to start this season, it is the right time for both the player and the club to part ways.
David Alaba - STAY - Alaba is considered to be among the best full backs in the world and despite not hitting the heights of previous seasons in the current campaign, he remains an integral part of this Bayern side. He is the only recognised left-back at the club and Bayern have signed Atletico Madrid's
Mats Hummels - STAY - It has been a difficult season for the former Borussia Dortmund defender. He was jettisoned by
Niklas Süle - STAY - The 23-year-old has overtaken Jerome Boateng in the pecking order for both club and country this season.
Thiago Alcântara - STAY - The technically gifted Spain international has been one of Bayern's best performers this season. He has improved his defensive attributes considerably and is now considered amongst the best central midfielders in Europe. He made 30 appearances in the Bundesliga this season - the most he has made in a single campaign in his Bayern career. He will be an important player in this Bayern side going forward and it is vital that FC Hollywood build around him next season.
Javi Martínez - STAY - Capable of playing in defence in addition to his usual defensive midfield position, the 30-year-old provides a calming influence in this Bayern team.
Renato Sanches - LOAN - It hasn't worked out for Sanches following his move to Bayern from Benfica in 2016. During his time in Munich he has failed to replicate the performances that earned him the Young Player of the Tournament Award at Euro 2016. If Bayern were to sell the Portuguese midfielder they would struggle to recoup the fee that they paid for him. Still only 21, it would be best if Sanches was to have a loan spell where he would get regularly playing time, preferably at another Bundesliga club.
Attacking Midfielders & Wingers
Arjen Robben - RELEASE - The club has announced that Robben will be leaving Bayern this summer after a distinguished decade at the club in which he scored 144 goals in 308 appearances; most notably scoring the winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final. Robben spent the prime years of his career at Bayern where his performances have led him to being considered one of the best players in the world. The Bundesliga champions will miss the sight of Robben cutting onto his left foot from the right flank and causing havoc for the opposition but the time is right for the Dutchman to move on. The 35-year-old has suffered recurring injury problems in recent years and leaving as a Bundesliga winner is the perfect way to end his time at Bayern.
Franck Ribéry - RELEASE - After spending many years destroying oppositions defenders in tandem with Robben it is fitting that the pair depart at the same time.