Sammer handed three-year Bayern extension

The 47-year-old will remain as the Bavarians sporting director until the summer of 2017 and is optimistic about the club’s future

Bayern Munich have confirmed that sporting director Matthias Sammer has signed a three year contract extension.

The former Borussia Dortmund player and coach began his work at the Allianz Arena in 2012, when Cristian Nerlinger was replaced after the Bavarians suffered two trophyless seasons.

They have since started to dominate German football, winning an unprecedented treble under Jupp Henyckes in 2013.

Though they fell short in the Champions League last term, they retained both domestic titles and Pep Guardiola’s side currently sit top of the Bundesliga.

Done deal: #FCBayern have extended sporting director Matthias #Sammer’s contract by three years until 30th June 2018! #MiaSanMia

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 19, 2014

“The board decided unanimously at its last meeting to extend Matthias Sammer’s contract,” club president Karl Hopfner said.

“This is a big vote of confidence in him.”

Sammer himself added: “I am grateful for the board’s confidence but also for the good cooperation with my colleagues.

“I promise that I will continue with the same passion and intensity. We all have big goals at Bayern. I want to help us achieve this.”

Sammer, who was previously filling a similar role with the DFB, won the Bundesliga as BVB coach in 2002 but has courted controversy with his former club, with Jurgen Klopp suggesting in March that he was lucky even to be involved at Bayern.

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