FC bayern munich has signed up another young star with a bright future in the form of international soccer player joshua kimmich.
Shortly after the currently injured frenchman kingsley coman (21), the 23-year-old prematurely extended his contract with the german record champion by three years until 30 june 2010. June 2023 extended. Kimmich and coman are the professionals with the longest contracts in the current munich luxury squad.
"Joshua has developed into a supporting pillar of our team over the last two and a half years," said chairman karl-heinz rummenigge about kimmich. The trained midfielder moved from vfb stuttgart to munich in 2015 for 8.5 million euros. Kimmich had been on loan to RB leipzig at the time.
Kimmich considers the early agreement on a new contract, which was allowed to include a substantial salary increase, also as a sign of confidence on the part of the club and the responsible persons. He is seen as an "important element for the long-term sporting success of FC bayern," kimmich said in a club statement on friday: "that makes me proud!"
Kimmich took over the position of right defender from the captain after philipp lahm’s career ended last summer. Kimmich is also set as a right-back in the german national team for the 2018 world cup in the team of national coach joachim low.
"I’m grateful that i’ve been able to develop steadily at the very highest level here and will be able to do so in the future – and that this has given me the best possible sporting prerequisites to play an important role, also in the national team," said kimmich: "my goals and those of the club for the coming years are very ambitious and i want to play my part and do everything in my power to achieve them with the team."
"Thanks to his very positive development in the position of right-back, FC bayern has made a seamless transition into the future," rummenigge said of lahm’s successor kimmich.
The exemplary young professional is considered by FC bayern and the DFB team to be a leading player for the time after the generation around manuel neuer, jerome boateng, mats hummels and thomas muller. This aspect was also highlighted by bavaria’s sports director hasan salihamid?I? Particularly outstanding. Kimmich is a professional who "already takes responsibility and leads the way in his younger years, both on and off the pitch". Like lahm, he could also wear the captain’s armband one day – for FC bayern and the national team.