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Croatia defender Josip Stanisic signs new long-term contract with Bayern Munich

Croatia international defender Josip Stanisic has signed a new five-year contract with Bayern Munich, having recently returned to the club after spending last season on loan at Bayer Leverkusen.

Munich-born Stanisic, who represented knocked-out Croatia at the ongoing European Championships. initially served as a backup during Julian Nagelsmann's tenure at his childhood club Bayern but lost that role under Thomas Tuchel. Consequently, the 25-year-old was loaned to Leverkusen at the beginning of last season.

Despite initial struggles to secure a spot in the starting lineup, Stanisic seized his opportunity in the latter half of the season, becoming a pivotal player for Leverkusen as they remained unbeaten in the Bundesliga and clinched the DFB-Pokal. he notably scored Leverkusen's opening goal in their 3-0 victory over Bayern.

There were earlier indications that Leverkusen aimed to secure Stanisic permanently, but this recent contract extension has put an end to speculation about his future.

With the Croat now returning to Bayern under new management, he has an opportunity to reclaim his place in the squad, particularly since the right-back position remains a concern. Additionally, Bayern will now count on three homegrown players, including Jamal Musiala and Aleksander Pavlovic, who play crucial roles in the squad.

"I'm pleased to have signed a new contract at my club, FC Bayern. I've been a fan of this club for as long as I can remember. I'm grateful to Leverkusen because I learned a lot there — both on and off the pitch. I got to play a lot of games, show what I can do and get into a rhythm," said Stanisic.

"I've grown in confidence and I think I'm coming back a better player. My objectives are clear: give everything for FC Bayern and win as many trophies as possible. It's nice to be back home."

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