Bayern Munich officially announced on Thursday that they have extended the contract of promising youngster Torben Rhein until 2022.
The 18-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and has also been a regular for Germany U17 squad. He is the captain of Bayern’s U19 side, and has drawn comparisons with Toni Kroos because of his strong techniques and ability to read the game.
“I am very happy about this contract extension,” said Rhein, who considers a permanent move to Bayern Munich II as the next step in his career path.
“I am convinced that I have the right environment here to be able to take the next steps in my development and I would like to thank everyone who has accompanied me on my way up to this point and supported me.”
Bayern Munich campus director Jochen Sauer was ecstatic with the decision to extend Rhein’s contract and considers him one of the club’s “best prospects”.
“Torben has made great progress with us over the past three-and-a-half years. We are convinced of his great potential and are pleased that he will now take the next steps in men’s football with us and with us,” said Sauer.
The club did not provide details on the exact length of his contract extension, but Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg claims Rhein has signed a deal until 2022.
❗️Update #Rhein: As reported, Rhein has extended his contract until 2022! ✅ His plan: He wants to prove himself in the Youth League & recommend himself for the professional squad with regular appearances at Bayern II. His dream: Breakthrough at #FCBayern. @SPORT1
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 28, 2021
Rhein was included in The Guardian’s ‘Next Generation 2020‘ list, which features 60 of the top young talents in the world. Among those selected were Bayern’s Jamal Musiala, Liam Morrison, and Torben Rhein.
Carsten Schroter-Lorenz, editor at Kicker wrote: “Rhein is one of the most promising talents in Bayern Munich’s youth academy, and having progressed through the youth ranks in June he made his debut in Bayern’s second team.
“Rhein is classic No 10 with one extraordinary talent: he can take dangerous set-pieces with either foot, which presents goalkeepers with an unusual challenge. He is very good on the ball, has a great vision on the pitch, and has captained Germany at various age levels.
“As he measures only 5ft 8in, he lacks a little bit of physical presence. He won the silver Fritz Walter Medal, presented annually to Germany’s most promising young players, in 2020.”