A number of Bayern Munich stars will have their contract talks with the club suspended as coronavirus pandemic disrupts football activities across the globe.
Club CEO Karl-Heinze Rummenige confirmed that the epidemic will affect contract talks for stars such as Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller. Other players who are entering their final year in their contracts include David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, Thiago and Sven Ulreich.
The impact of the Covid-19 on football player's contract is yet to be fully seen but some clubs have announced salary cuts while FC Sion controversially released nine players including former Arsenal star Alex Song.
“For Manuel [Neuer], the same applies as for all the players whose contracts expire in the summer of 2021,” Rummenigge told Merkur and TZ.
“We had already submitted offers before the coronavirus crisis, and we don’t want to take advantage of the crisis now in order to push these well-deserving players down in price.
“I think that all these players know that they have a very solid and very reliable employer in FC Bayern who deals with them very fairly.”
Neuer has been linked with a surprise move to English Premiership side Chelsea but it's understood Bayern are unwilling to lose the World Cup winner.
Alaba has been strongly linked with a departure from Bavaria, with Real Madrid and Barcelona mentioned as potential destinations.