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Van Bommel ready to pen new Bayern deal

December 22, 2009

Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel wants a new contract with the club next season and hinted he would like to end his career in Bavaria.

The 32-year-old's current deal expires in June, but he expects negotiations to start soon over a one-year extension.

"I have heard that negotiations will take place during our training camp in Dubai,'' he told www.spox.com. "There are many contracts running out so I am curious to see what happens.

"I still feel like I am at home in Munich. I had the opportunity to move last season on better conditions and with a longer term, but it is hard to turn your back on FC Bayern.

"You know what you have got here. I could have earned more money elsewhere, but the important thing is the (stature of the) club you represented when you retire.''

Bayern have made it a policy in recent years to not offer players over the age of 30 contracts longer than one year.

That prompted Ze Roberto to leave last summer and sign a two-year deal with Hamburg.