Hamit considering new deal
Hamit Altintop has yet to decide his future, but is considering Bayern Munich's offer of a new deal.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 24/05/10 2:46pm
Hamit Altintop has stated that he is yet to make a decision over his future, but is considering Bayern Munich's offer of a new deal.
The Turkish midfielder is out of contract this summer and has not yet agreed whether to stay at the Allianz Arena or move on to pastures new.
First-team opportunities are likely to be limited next season with the return of Toni Kroos from his impressive loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen and the mercurial Franck Ribery's decision to sign a new contract.
The 27-year-old was often overlooked by manager Louis van Gaal in the early part of the season, however the box-to-box midfielder went on to make an admirable contribution in their run to the UEFA Champions League final, playing against Manchester United and Lyon and in the final itself against Inter Milan on Saturday.
Selected in the Euro 2008 squad of the tournament, Altintop is unlikely to be short of takers should he decide to depart the German League and Cup winners after impressing on the big stage on several occasions.
With him also available on a possible free transfer and at an age where he is reaching his peak, Altintop could be a realistic target for many Premier League sides with European aspirations such as Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa.
Positives and negatives
However he insisted that he had made no decision just yet, and that he may choose to fight for his place in the team.
"There is a chance (I will stay)," Altintop told Sport1 television.
"There is one serious alternative. The offer made to me is very good for a player who does not play regularly.
"When there are so many positives, then there are always some negatives and that affected me.
"And I know that people are going to be asking the question: 'What would have
happened if Franck Ribery had played (in the final)?"'