Budapest (AP) – Javi Martínez has not given a definitive explanation about his future after his winning goal for Bayern Munich in the final of the European Football Supercup.
The 32-year-old midfielder, just like trainer Hansi Flick, gave his expected farewell after the 2: 1 (1: 1, 1: 1) after extra time against the Europa League winner FC Sevilla in Budapest.
“As for his future, today is not the time to talk about it,” Flick told Martínez, adding, “He has to decide for himself.”
Martínez is said to be about to return to his ex-club Athletic Bilbao. “As long as I stay here I will give everything and defend this jersey,” Martínez said on Sky TV. As a substitute, he decapitated the winning goal in the 104th minute.
“When I get there on Sunday, I’ll give it my all,” said the veteran in view of Bayern’s upcoming Bundesliga game at TSG Hoffenheim. Martínez moved from Bilbao to Munich in 2013 for 40 million euros. The two-time three-time winner at FC Bayern is no longer a fixed value after many injuries at the German record champion. His contract also expires in 2021.
The transfer deadline expires on October 5. The club will probably let Martínez go back to Spain for a not too high transfer fee. “He’s a player, when he’s brought in he’s one hundred percent there,” said Flick.