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FCB confident captain will extend stay

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:30 pm

Mark van Bommel's contract with Bayern expires on 30 June this year, but the 31-year-old Netherlands enforcer has yet to decide whether to extend his stay at the Säbener Strasse. "Bayern have made me an offer, which I'm considering at the moment. I have time until the end of January, and I'm going to use it," the club captain announced at the Dubai training camp on Tuesday.

Van Bommel is basically minded to stay, he explained. "I feel very settled at Bayern and would be delighted to extend my deal, but not unconditionally." Bayern have offered an extension for one year, but Van Bommel would clearly have preferred a longer timeframe. "I'm fit and sense I can easily hold my own in the biggest matches," he insisted.

Hoeneß optimistic

"We don't regard longer than a year as possible at the moment, and he'll have to live with that," Uli Hoeneß told, "but I personally believe that if he plays well for us, and he's doing really well at the moment, we can keep on extending his contract by a further year - for one, two, three, four or even five years."

Hoeneß is optimistic regarding the player's final decision. "He knows very well what he has here at Bayern, and I think that'll make it very difficult for him to decide against Bayern, although he may be a little annoyed right now. But at the end of the day, I reckon he'll choose to stay with us."testVan Bommel arrived in summer 2006 on the back of a Champions League triumph with Barcelona and swiftly assumed a leading role in the Munich dressing room hierarchy. At the start of the current season, Jürgen Klinsmann named him club captain in succession to Oliver Kahn, but also dropped him from the starting line-up for a couple of matches.

Good relations with Klinsmann

"If the coach believes I've not done the job he's sent me out there to do, he'll drop me to the bench and I'll try and do better," commented Van Bommel, "I get on very well with the coach. I've gone out and proved I belong in the team."

Klinsmann is sure the uncertainty over his captain's sporting future will not have a negative impact on his attitude and performance levels. "His experience means it won't be a problem for him to cope with the situation for the time being. I think he's utterly determined for us to cut a dash in the second half of the season," Klinsmann observed, "Mark is a leader of this team, he's the captain."
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