Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich has agreed terms on a new contract, extending his stay at the club until 2026 while doubling his salary.
The 26-year old is widely regarded as one of the finest players in the world, capable of excelling at full back or in central midfield. He's been one of Bayern's most consistent players since he joined the club in 2015, helping them to maintain their vice like grip on the Bundesliga title as well as conquering the Champions League last year.
Now, following an excellent 2020/21 campaign - in which he scored five goals and contributed 14 assists in all competitions - Bild report that Kimmich has agreed fresh terms, ending any speculation that he may look to leave Munich upon the expiry of his current deal.
His current contract ran until 2023, earning Kimmich a cool €10m-per-year in wages. That figure will double once he puts pen to paper on his new contract, highlighting his status as one of Bayern's most important - and trusted - players.
Bild's report notes that Kimmich's raise will elevate him into a new 'salary league', putting him on an equal footing in terms of pay with a number of Bayern's top stars. Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller are other players in this bracket, with star striker Robert Lewandowski the only player in the squad earning far more than his peers.
Bayern are also targeting a new deal for Kimmich's partner in central midfield, Leon Goretzka. He's only got a year left on his Allianz Arena contract, and has been tentatively linked with a move to Manchester United. Talks had initially stalled between Bayern and the player's representatives, but there's cautious optimism that a resolution will be found.
As for Kimmich, he's been a standout for Bayern during the last few years in particular, and has played 261 times for the club to date. He's also earned 59 caps for Germany in that time, developing into one of the continent's most versatile high-level performers, while also establishing himself as the likely successor to Manuel Neuer's captaincy throne.