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Eric Choupo-Moting, a striker will not get his contract renewed

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Eric Choupo-Moting, a striker for Bayern Munich, has a contract that expires at the conclusion of this year, and his prospects of being extended are fading.

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This season, the Cameroonian striker has been crucial for Bayern, and he also performed admirably at the Men’s World Cup. He was hired as a reserve forward, but he’s — understandably — no longer happy in that capacity.

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting wants a long-term agreement and a big pay increase in order to extend his contract (he is now paid €3.5 million annually). Bayern is willing to talk about the pay, but they want to adhere to their policy (1-year extension for players 30+ years old). Decisive weeks ahead.

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Will Eric Choupo-Moting get a contract extension

The Bayern managers are in a difficult position. The team’s front line is rather experienced, and Choupo is also no spring chicken. He will turn 34 in March and is expected to shortly start slowing down in his professional life. Sadio Mané will be 31; Thomas Müller will also be 34. The position group may do better with someone under 30 for a long-term commitment.

On the other side, Eric Choupo-Moting undoubtedly improved Bayern’s season, boosting the entire squad during a period when they were having trouble scoring goals and earning points. Bayern attempted to play without a striker; Choupo had to intervene to rescue the day. Bayern can pursue hot prospects during the transfer window, but they won’t have the same option the next year without him (or a box striker replacement who would undoubtedly be expensive—like Harry Kane of Tottenham). Choupo ought to have plenty of nice chances available to him if he decides to go.

Bayern cannot afford to let Choupo go. Or is it vital to prevent overcommitting and running the danger of having a high-paid player on the roster for an extended period of time?

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