A “success-orientated” Manuel Neuer could end up leaving Bayern Munich should they fail to improve their squad.
Since his 2011 arrival from Schalke 04, Neuer has made 337 appearances on route to winning seven Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal Cups and the Champions League with Bayern.
Over the Allianz Arena, the Germany international has emerged as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers and even finished third in the 2014 Ballon d’Or behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Neuer has struggled with injury problems across the past two seasons, which nearly saw him miss out on a spot in Germany’s World Cup squad last summer. These setbacks prompted rumours that he may hang up his gloves.
It turns out, though, this is far from the case as Neuer still hopes to win one more Champions League title and Euro 2020 with Germany.
At 33, however, the World Cup winner is aware that time is beginning to run out for his career and is worried Bayern can’t deliver on his aims for the future.
And now Neuer’s agent, Thomas Kroth, has delivered Bayern a warning should they fail to build a team capable of challenging in Europe.
“Manuel is success-orientated,” Kroth told Suddeutsche Zeitung.
“My impression is that the distance to the top four English clubs is already serious and the current Bayern Munich squad isn’t appropriate yet.
“It isn’t ready to seriously compete for the targets Manuel is aiming for.
“He wants to win the European Championships and he wants to win the Champions League again.
“Now is the time where he needs to decide: how will things turn out here?”
Nonetheless, Bayern may take some comfort in the fact Neuer is under contract until June 2021. Although Kroth suggested the German intends to play beyond then.
So far, the Bavarians will welcome two new arrivals in French World Cup-winning defenders Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid in a club-record deal of €80m and VfB Stuggart’s Benjamin Pavard for €35m.