Bayern Munich defender claims contract renewal talks were disrespectful.
Austrian International, David Alaba, has opened up about the way in which Bayern Munich have handled his contract negotiations. He claimed that it felt like “a slap in the face” when they wanted to include him as part of a swap deal.
The German club announced that they had decided to withdraw their contract for the Austrian, following breakdowns in negotiation. His contract expires at the end of the season, meaning that he could leave for free in the summer of 2021.
As time went on, the transfer saga grew increasingly ugly, with Alaba’s father claiming that Bayern boss Uli Hoeness said that the player was only interested in money.
After the news broke out, Alaba spoke to Sky Germany and said
After the second or third conversation [about the new contract], I got a call and was asked if I could imagine being included in a swap deal, that probably was a slap in the face. The respect and appreciation I was looking for when the contract negotiations started was not going in the right direction. That was a year ago now. In times when coronavirus was still very far away.” Alaba said.
Despite all the frustration regarding the contract situation, it is still possible that the Bavarian outfit and the player could find an agreement.
When asked if this was going to be his last season at the club he said,
“I’m not thinking about that. I’ve only found out about it from the news yesterday evening and haven’t had time to think. We’ll see what happens in the future”
Alaba played a crucial role in helping the team win the treble last season, after being shifted from his preferred position of left-back to center back by coach Hansi Flick.
On current form, he is one of the best defenders in world football, and won’t have a difficult time finding potential suitors including the top clubs.
One of the clubs linked to the Bayern star last season was Juventus, but they will likely face stiff competition from other clubs, if he is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
It remains to be seen whether Alaba will remain at Bayern Munich for the upcoming season or not, but it will surely be an interesting transfer saga, with many top European clubs vying for his signature.
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