May 8, 2021

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Bayern confirm Martinez will leave in the summer after trophy-laden nine-year career at Allianz Arena

The Spanish midfielder’s contribution to the club has been praised by prominent figures ahead of his imminent departure

Bayern Munich have confirmed that Javi Martinez will lower the curtain on his nine-year trophy-laden career at the Allianz Arena this summer.

The 32-year-old will leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the current campaign by mutual consent, with both sides deciding against a contract extension.

Martinez will be available for Bayern’s last three Bundesliga games against Borussia Monchengladbach, Freiburg and Wolfsburg.

Farewell message from Martinez

“I am very proud and happy to have been part of the FC Bayern family for nine years,” the Spanish midfielder told official club website. “I would like to thank this great club and in particular our fans – you have made Munich your home!

“I will never forget those nine years. From day one I felt the ‘Mia san mia’ and the special nature of FC Bayern. I lived for this club, I always gave everything for it, and I am very happy with the many titles that we have won together.

“FC Bayern and their fans will remain in my heart forever. Muchas gracias, dankeschön, servus – see you again!”

What did Bayern say?

Bayern president Herbert Hainer insisted Martinez is guaranteed a place in the club’s hall of fame for all he has accomplished at the Allianz Arena while wishing him good luck for the future.

“Javi Martinez is one of those who makes it clear what FC Bayern stands for,” said Hainer. “When the best international players identify with our club the way they do, you can achieve great things.

“Javi quickly became one of us, and the incredible success we have had with him speaks for itself. Javi Martinez will always have a special place in the history of this club.

“We wish him the best for his future.”

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: “Javi has given our team great quality in terms of play and has always been a great personal choice.

“May I thank Javi for such an extremely pleasant and fruitful time. Take care of yourself, Javi. You will always be an important part of the FC Bayern family.”

Martinez’s record at Bayern

Martinez joined Bayern from Athletic Club for a record € 40million (£ 35million / $ 48million) in 2012, and has since appeared in 266 games in all competitions for the German champions. .

The World Cup winner has also scored 14 goals, including last-minute efforts in Bayern’s European Super Cup wins against Chelsea in 2013 and Sevilla in 2020.

Martinez has also helped the club win eight Bundesliga titles, two Champions League crowns and DFB Pokal on five occasions, establishing himself as one of Europe’s best defensive midfielders along the way.

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