Munich (AP) – The successful days of David Alaba and FC Bayern Munich may be coming to an end.
After the German record champion withdrew the contract extension offer, which ended last weekend on June 30, 2021, the Austrian national team player is more exciting than ever. Alaba has played for Munich since 2008, with a brief hiatus in 2011 – and is an undisputed top performer in the central defense under coach Hansi Flick.
After the Alaba side was not satisfied with Bayern’s offer, “we decided to take the offer completely off the table. That means that there is no more offer,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said on BR Television Sunday evening. The 66-year-old, once head of the global company Adidas, now sees the defender’s turn. “David is still under contract with us for eight months and we really appreciate him,” said Hainer. Now Alaba and his advisor have to position themselves.
Just before Tuesday’s Champions League game in Alaba’s home country Austria at RB Salzburg, the fuss about the contract situation is particularly explosive. The 28-year-old is expected at the press conference with Flick on Monday the day before the game.
They’ve already proven in the past that the Munich stars don’t want to hold on at any price. In 2014 Bayern let Toni Kroos go to Real Madrid to collect a transfer fee after the failed negotiations. For former DFB captain Michael Ballack, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly withdrew a lucrative offer before moving to Chelsea in the summer of 2006 – and received cheers from many members at the annual general meeting. Is there now also a divorce at Alaba?
Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic had recently stressed that they did not want to give the Austrian an “ultimatum” for a decision. Now Hainer was amazed to say that they wanted clarity and an answer “by the end of October”, “because we also want to have planning security for such an important position and staff, we owe it to the club and the fans”.
Hainer says that the successor is now being addressed. “Of course we also have to plan for the future. I want to say again that we appreciate David very much, he is a sweet man, he is the crowd favorite, he is FC Bayern Munich’s own generation, and that is why we regret if we have to go our separate ways at the end of the season, ”said Hainer.