Manuel Neuer 'irritated' as Bayern Munich contract talks stall

Club captain and goalkeeper frustrated as 'untrue' details of his negotiations are 'leaked' into the public domain

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has revealed his frustrations at "untrue" details of his contract negotiations with Bayern Munich being "leaked" into the public domain.

The veteran goalkeeper's unusually candid comments come amid widespread reports that his current contract negotiations have hit the rocks.

If the talks fail, club captain Neuer could be free to leave Bayern in June and attract the interest of clubs across Europe.

According to Bild, Neuer and his agent Frank Kroth are demanding a five-year deal, with a salary of €20 million (Dh79.9m) per season.

"All talks I have had since I have been here have been confidential ... nothing has ever leaked," the 34-year-old told said. "But now, details about the current talks are constantly appearing in the media, and are often untrue. That irritates me. It's not something I am used to at Bayern."

Kroth denied reports of his client's wage demands and said he was not "confronting the club with demands which will hit it hard in the coronavirus crisis".

With Bundesliga matches currently suspended due to the coronavirus, Bayern have recently extended the contracts of forward Thomas Muller and manager Hansi Flick, both until 2023.

Neuer hailed Flick as a "super coach" and said that the 55-year-old's extension had convinced him too to stay on at Bayern.

"I want to have a contract which is a win-win situation for me and Bayern. I want to perform, be there for the team ... and give 100 percent," he said. "The conditions have to be right [for that]."

Neuer, who helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup, has been named world goalkeeper of the year four times.

He has kept 191 clean sheets in 373 appearances for Bayern, after joining from Schalke in 2011, and made 92 appearances for Germany.

Undisputed No 1 for nearly a decade, Neuer's future at Bayern has been thrown into doubt by the impending arrival of young Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel.

Nuebel, 23, will join Bayern at the end of the current campaign, and has reportedly been promised at least 10 appearances per season.

Yet Neuer dismissed the idea that his place was under threat. "As long as I am performing, I will play. That is my assumption," he said.