David Alaba is unsure about his long term future at Bayern Munich as he remains open to new challenges.
Bayern Munich has undergone a squad overhaul this summer. The German club has parted ways with numerous senior players to rebuild the spine of the squad with young players. David Alaba is one of the few experienced players left in the current squad.
The Austrian full-back is in the prime of his career and remains a consistent performer for Die Roten. However, there has been constant speculation about his future of Alaba at Bayern in the past two summer transfer windows.
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Alaba has also refused to rule out a move away from Bayern on numerous occasions. Speaking to Austria Press Agency (via Goal), Alaba admitted that he is still open to new challenges in the coming years. He insisted that his current focus is at Bayern, but he doesn’t know what future holds for him.
“My focus is on Bayern.”
“I don’t know what will happen next year, but I have always stressed that I am a player looking for new challenges, whether that will be at Bayern or elsewhere, I cannot say.”
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The Austrian full-back was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in this transfer window. His father admitted that Real Madrid had shown strong interest in his son last summer. In both cases, the Bundesliga champions had no plans to part ways with Alaba.
Alaba will have an even more important role on and off the pitch after the departure of senior players. Moreover, he remains one of the most consistent performers in his position across Europe’s top five leagues. He has played a crucial role in Bayern’s numerous triumphs this decade. His consistency will make sure that he continues to help Die Roten in winning silverware for the coming five seasons.
These public comments might be signals from Alaba and his entourage to alert Bayern about his contract situation. He has two years left on his current contract. If Die Roten fails to extend his contract before next summer, then they might find themselves in a tricky situation. The left-back might try to run down his contract and join another European club.
Bayern Munich has been dictating terms of their star players in the last few seasons. The club learned the lessons from Toni Kroos saga. Robert Lewandowski was agitating for a move last summer but Die Roten was not in a mood to entertain offers for their prolific saga. They are likely to follow the same route for Alaba and eventually hand him a new contract before the end of this season.