Despite rumours contract negotiations have been stalled between David Alaba and Bayern Munich, club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is optimistic that both parties will agree on a new deal at some point. The Germans are also confident that the Austrian international will be seeing out his career with the club if he signs a new deal this summer.
Alaba is entering the final year of his contract and if an agreement on a new deal fails, Bayern could decide to sell him. Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea all have been alerted by the possibility and are hoping that Alaba will reject Bayern’s offer. It has also been rumoured that Alaba is demanding a big wage hike, which the Germans are refusing to match.
Despite all the rumours, Rummenigge is confident the defender will sign a new deal. “First of all, I have to say about David that he had a great season,” he told Sky Germany. “It was born out of necessity that he had to play at centre-back because we had several injuries, and then Hansi [Flick, Bayern coach] put him in this position.”
“He did it with flying colours. We haven’t had a ‘chief’ in defence for some time now, one who really takes the reins in hand and sets the tone there and simply acts as the head of the defensive unit – he did that. This has been seen especially in these coronavirus times. In these empty stadiums, his instructions showed how well he organised it at the back.”
“Even with his style of play, he is a very, very important player for us, we don’t need to talk about that. I am nevertheless optimistic that at the end of the day we will find a solution that David will even end his career here. I have always said that, for me, David is actually something like Franz Beckenbauer. I think David knows what he has at Bayern, and we know what we have in David.”