Munich (AP) – Football record national player Lothar Matthäus has little understanding for the Austrian’s poker for more money in view of the contract negotiations between David Alaba and FC Bayern Munich.
“If it were really the case that he and his advisor are only interested in more salary, that would not be the smartest decision in my opinion,” writes the 59-year-old in his column for the TV broadcaster Sky. He too could have made more money from some contracts in his day. “But I can assure David it won’t make him any happier at the end of his career.”
The 1990 world champion sees goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and striker Robert Lewandowski at the top of the Champions League winner’s salary structure. If Alaba goes to the top 3 or top 5 with his new contract with Bayern, that’s fine. “Certainly in this day and age and with a connection like that of David and Bavaria, money should not be the main criterion,” wrote Matthäus.
On the other hand, the Sky expert would understand if Alaba wanted to leave the club to learn something new. “If he has a great desire to play for a club like Real (Madrid), experience the Premier League week after week or do magic with Messi, then those are arguments I can understand,” said Matthäus. The 28-year-old Alaba has been with the German record champion since 2010. His contract with Bayern expires next summer.