Kraft considering options
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Thomas Kraft has not ruled out staying at the club beyond next summer.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 02/04/11 1:23pm
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Thomas Kraft has not ruled out staying at the club, despite the prospect of having to be understudy to a new first-choice stopper.
The German giants have consistently been linked with a move for national team No.1 and Manchester United target Manuel Neuer this season, with a bidding war expected from his current club Schalke this summer.
Kraft had previously stated that he did not want to stay at the club if he was forced to play back-up for the Bundesliga holders, but he is now thought to be considering a new two-year deal.
The 22-year-old's contract comes to an end this summer, with Hamburg reported to be interested in his services, but he felt that if the circumstances were right, he would stay at the Allianz Arena.
"I am not going to rule out staying on at Bayern Munich, in case the club is signing a goalkeeper like Manuel Neuer (of Schalke 04)," he told Sport-BILD weekly.
Meanwhile, former Bayern number one Hans-Jorg Butt, who was displaced by Kraft as first-choice in January, has refused to concede he will retire at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old was a back-up keeper for Germany at the World Cup last summer, but is now out of favour with manager Louis van Gaal.
"It's a fact I am going to remain with Bayern Munich beyond the end of my career to become the head of the youth department of Bayern," he told the club's official website.
"The exact date of this switch is yet to be concluded. I have still a great joy to play football and there is nothing better to be out on the pitch.
"I am able to well imagine to continue my career beyond the end of the season."