Bayern reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich extends contract

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich has rewarded goalkeeper Sven Ulreich for impressive performances this season by extending his contract for three years.

The Bundesliga leader says the 29-year-old Ulreich, whose deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign, will stay at the club until at least June 2021.

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Ulreich, who joined from Stuttgart in 2015 as Manuel Neuer’s back-up, has played 23 games for Bayern, most of them this season following the No. 1 goalkeeper’s long-term injury.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said Saturday that Ulreich had put himself in contention for this year’s World Cup squad.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “The last three years have shown that we can always rely on Sven Ulreich as a goalkeeper as well as a person.

“Especially this season he has played a big part in ensuring we have a big lead in the Bundesliga and also good chances in the Champions League and German Cup.”

Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller scored as Bayern beat Schalke 2-1 Saturday to remain 18 points clear at the top of the standings.