German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have extended the contract of striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting by two more years.
The veteran Cameroon striker, who ended up featuring in the biggest games this season for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski was out injured in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, was out of contract this month but has signed a new deal until 2023.
FC Bayern has extended Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s contract by two more years, until 30 June 2023. The 32-year-old striker moved to Munich from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in 2020, with his contract initially running until 30 June 2021.
Choupo-Moting, who three years ago was playing for English club Stoke City, managed to bag nine goals in 32 appearances for Bayern in the recently concluded season in all competitions and helped the club win a ninth straight Bundesliga league title.
When Lewandowski was sidelined by a knee injury in April, Choupo-Moting scored against his former club Paris Saint-Germain in both legs of the Champions League quarter-final. However, it was not enough as Bayern bowed out on away goals.
“I am proud to be here. FC Bayern is a very special club, the number one club in Germany and also one of the best clubs in the world,” said Choupo-Moting in a statement.
“I want to continue to have success with the team, I’d like to reach the German Cup final in Berlin and ideally win the Champions League.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know Munich even better, to becoming even more at home here, because Munich is a beautiful city.”
Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic described Choupo-Moting as a “very important player for us, who performed strongly last season” and who can “help us achieve our goals in the next two years”.
“We are happy that Maxim will stay with us for another two years,” said Board Member for Sport Hasan Salihamidzic.
“He is a very important player for us, performing strongly last season and scoring many goals. Maxim can be used in several positions, has very good technique, a lot of experience and is a goal threat. Aside from his sporting quality, Maxim is also important for our team as a person. He will help us achieve our goals in the next two years.”
Bayern are set to start the 2021/22 Bundesliga season with Oliver Kahn as the club’s new chairman and Julian Nagelsmann as head coach, replacing Hansi Flick who will take charge of the Germany team after Euro 2020.