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Bayern Munich closing in on contract extension for Lucas Hernandez

Bayern Munich are progressing well in their renewal talks for Lucas Hernandez and are expected to reach an agreement sooner, reports Florian Plettenberg.

The French defender’s current deal runs out in 2024, and the Bavarians are happy to keep him beyond that.

Lucas moved to Allianz Arena from Atletico Madrid in 2019 for a club and Bundesliga record fee of €80 million.

Although the Frenchman’s consistency has been affected by frequent injury issues, he has proven to be a key player for the Bavarians with his versatility to play as a centre-back and left-back.

He was part of the squad that lifted three consecutive Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in the 2019/20 season.

The 27-year-old is currently recovering from a long-term injury he sustained during the 2022 World Cup.

He will reportedly be back in action in two months, having already returned to light training.

Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard have eased the absence of the former Atletico star with solid displays this season.

The partnership of Upamecano and De Ligt recently put on a remarkable display in the victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, completely shutting down Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe for the whole game.

Bayern are also working on the contract extension of Pavard, whose current deal also expires in the summer of 2024.

The French defender, who was previously open to leaving the German giants, has changed his stance and is ready to commit his future with Bayern after his importance has grown under Julian Nagelsmann this season.

Bayern produced a 5-3 thrilling win over Augsburg last weekend to move two points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table.

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