Bayern Munich should quickly sort the future of star defender David Alaba.
The season will come to a brief halt for Bayern Munich after the DFB Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Champions League, the final competition of the season will resume in August. The German club has already retained the Bundesliga title, so the focus now shifts on cup competitions.
After the Pokal final, Die Roten should focus on sorting the long term future of David Alaba. The Austrian defender has reached a deadlock in negotiations with the club regarding a new contract. Alaba’s current deal is set to expire at the end of next season.
Die Roten utilized the lockdown phase to sort the future of Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller. Both German players were also entering the final year of the contract. There was speculation about the future of both veteran players at one point this season. Under Flick, they are the first two names on the team sheet.
Alaba has an equally important role to play in the first team. He has been tightlipped about his future at the club. Speaking to Kicker this week, the Austrian defender once again shrugged the topic of contract talks under the carpet, but he did admit that he will have to decide at some point.
“Good question. I’m not thinking about it right now. In the past few weeks, the focus has been on football, and nothing will change in the next period.”
“I don’t know. But I will have to make a decision at some point.”
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The Austrian defender also insisted that the uncertainty about his future is not affecting him on the pitch. His performances for Die Roten have been consistent throughout the campaign. Alaba has excelled in the center-back role, which was handed him after numerous injuries to other central defenders.
Alaba’s presence in central defense allows Die Roten to be a dominant team on the ball. He has a big role to play in the first phase of play due to his strong passing range. If he stays at the club, then he should be permanently moved to central defense since Alphonso Davies has also shone in the left-back position.
The 28-year-old defender is a thorough professional, and his performances are not getting affected on the pitch despite unsuccessful contract talks with the club. However, Rekordmeister needs to find a solution regarding his future to amend their transfer plans.
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There have been reports in England that Die Roten will be open to keeping Alaba till next season rather than selling him this summer. It is a brave stance from the club, but not a practical one in the current situation. Since the pandemic will impact the club’s finances, they would rather cash in for such a valuable asset instead of letting him go on a free transfer. After completing Leroy Sane‘s transfer, Alaba’s contract renewal should be on the agenda in the next few weeks.