Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn believes Jamal Musiala will be an “important cornerstone” in the club’s future, with the Bavarian giants eager to secure the teenager’s long-term services.
Musiala has enjoyed an impressive start to the Bundesliga season, scoring nine goals and providing six assists, with his 15 goal involvements the most registered by any teenager across Europe’s top five leagues.
The Germany international, whose tally is also just two shy of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi (17 – seven goals, 10 assists), is under contract with Bayern until 2026, though Kahn does not want the 19-year-old to be tempted away from the Allianz Arena.
“Jamal has enormous qualities that he’s showing consistently at a high level at 19,” the former goalkeeper said. “He’s also very ambitious and always wants to improve. We’re glad we have him. Jamal will be an important cornerstone in the future of Bayern.”
Musiala’s performances provided a rare positive during Germany’s disappointing World Cup campaign, with Die Nationalmannschaft exiting in the group stage for the second successive finals.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic believes the experience will benefit the youngster, with whom he soon hopes to open discussions regarding his future.
“Jamal was one of Germany’s bright spots at the World Cup,” he said. “Watching him play is simply fun.
“Playing at a World Cup was a valuable experience for him. Although the elimination is bitter, Jamal is 19 and still has many tournaments to play for Germany.
“Of course, we told Jamal’s mother Carolin and his management before the World Cup that we’re very happy with Jamal, and we let them know that we want to sit down with them after the tournament to talk about Jamal’s further future at Bayern.
“We saw that he could transfer his performances at Bayern to the national team. We at Bayern will do everything to continue supporting him in his development.”