Bayern Munich have confirmed that star midfielder Joshua Kimmich has signed a new four-year contract at the Allianz Arena.
Kimmich was one of a handful of key players who entered the final two years of their contracts this summer, but Bayern were always adamant that he would put pen to paper on a new deal and would not have to be sold.
It hasn't taken long for Bayern to prove that as they took to their official website to confirm that Kimmich has signed on for another four years, committing himself to the German champions until 2025.
“The most important reason for my contract extension is that I can pursue my passion with joy every day here at FC Bayern," Kimmich said. "I have a team where I can achieve everything, and a lot of teammates have become real friends. That’s why I started playing football in the first place, because it should be fun.
"I still don’t think I’m at the end of my development and I’m convinced there’s a lot possible at FC Bayern in the next years. On top of that, my family feels at home here. Munich has become a second home. The combination we have here isn’t found all over the world.”
Bayern president Herbert Hainer added: “We’re happy to be going into the future with Joshua Kimmich. He’s developed into a top international player with us, and it’s important to us to keep players of this quality in our team for the long term. With him, FC Bayern have the best chances of achieving great and ambitious goals again in the future.”
Kimmich has blossomed into one of the game's finest players during his time with Bayern. He joined from RB Leipzig back in 2015 and has since gone on to rack up over 250 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.
Initially a right-back, the 26-year-old is now a dominant midfielder with six Bundesliga titles to his name, and unsurprisingly, the Bayern chiefs were ecstatic to see him commit his future to the club.
“Joshua totally identifies with FC Bayern," said chief executive Oliver Kahn. "He’s recognised the value of playing long term at a club, being able to shape things and being a part of great success and an era. He knows he has the opportunity at FC Bayern to make all his ambitious goals a reality. The package we can offer him is hugely attractive for any top international player.”
Director Hasan Salihamidzic concluded: “This contract extension is a strong signal for FC Bayern – both inwards and outwards. It’s important to have our best players under long-term contracts. Joshua will become a leading player at FC Bayern in the coming years and make history.
"His enormous footballing qualities and his tremendous mentality are exactly what we need at FC Bayern and what distinguishes our team. He’s hungry and wants to shape an era here at FC Bayern.”