Bayern Munich Chairman Confirms Javi Martínez Plans To Leave The Club
Javi Martínez has won everything since joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012. The departure from Athletic left deep wounds in Bilbao, but the Basque giants are hopeful of negotiating a return. Martínez has one year left on his contract with Bayern and has been looking for an exit with the German’s wanting to sell the 31-year-old to avoid losing him for free next summer.
There’s been constant rumors surrounding the future of Martínez but Bayern Chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has set the record straight. “Javi is thinking of leaving us,” Rummenigge told Die Welt in an interview on Sunday. Bayern won’t stand in his way if the midfielder chooses to leave. “We will try to find a fair solution. We won’t prevent his departure.”
Although Bayern are willing to help facilitate Martínez’s exit, the Germans aren’t as eager to do any favors for Athletic. Back in 2013 the Basques refused to negotiate with Bayern and demanded Martínez’s full €40 million release clause which was eventually paid.
Martínez was recently linked with a move to Real Sociedad which he quickly denied and emphasized that he would only go back to La Liga if he could return to Athletic. Bayern have set their asking price at €12 million which, for the moment, Athletic have no intentions of paying. With the transfer window open until 5 October there’s still time for Athletic to negotiate a possible reunion with Javi Martínez.