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Butt signs new deal

‘I think some very good times lie ahead’

Jörg Butt gave off the air of a satisfied man as he left Bayern’s Säbener Strasse head offices on Tuesday morning. He had every reason to be pleased too, as the 35-year-old was fresh from signing a new contract with Germany’s most successful club. Butt will now pull on the keeper’s jersey at FCB until 30 June 2011 – and the seasoned shot-stopper has set himself some ambitious targets during that time.

Interview: Jörg Butt

fcbayern.de: Jörg, although the ink’s hardly dry yet, are you feeling good after signing a new deal at the club?
Jörg Butt: “Naturally. It's well known that I feel good about being at Bayern, and that I would be pleased to stay. I’m delighted now and looking forward to the new season. But the first priority is the current campaign, where we have the chance of success in three competitions. I hope we’ll take a trophy or two with us into next term.”

fcbayern.de: You’ve been exceptionally consistent this season with a string of outstanding displays. Is the new deal confirmation of that?
Butt: “I think being offered the chance to extend a stay at Bayern definitely is a confirmation. I want to succeed here, and I’m looking forward to another excellent season.”

fcbayern.de: You’ve signed a one-year contract extension. Might you stay longer than that?
Butt: “It’s a real possibility, but I too only wanted to extend for a single year. Things can change very quickly in football, and I just want to focus on this one season. We’ll see how it goes, and we can always come to a new agreement later. But as a footballer, you should never look too far into the future.”

fcbayern.de: But it won’t be the final contract in your playing career?
Butt: “You can’t rule anything out in football, although at some point you have to start thinking about what comes next. I’ll need to make some decisions of my own at some point. But I’m feeling completely fit, and as long as that’s the case, I want to play football. And I’m delighted at the chance to do that for Bayern Munich next season.”

fcbayern.de: You’ve yet to win a trophy. The new deal should surely allow you to rectify that…
Butt: “I think the whole team’s come on very well this season. I think some very good times lie ahead, because we have the potential to be even better. I’m convinced we can win a domestic trophy or two. Our target is the league title, and we’d obviously like to win the cup too. We can definitely play a decent role in Europe too. I reckon we’ll step up a level in the new season too, because things will have become automatic and the coach’s efforts will be even better rewarded. I’m looking forward to playing my part in that process.”