Hasan Salihamidzic gives insight into the talks between Bayern Munich and David Alaba.
It has been a volatile week regarding the future of David Alaba at Bayern Munich. The Austrian defender’s entourage was slammed by Uli Hoeness last Sunday for asking more money to stay at the club. The player and his representatives expressed their annoyance due to these comments in the media.
Alaba and Die Roten are at an impasse in negotiations for a new deal. The recent update from German media suggested that both parties are far away from negotiations. It has been previously reported that Alaba is firm on his wage demands.
The Austrian defender’s situation has been closely monitored by various top clubs across Europe. Alaba will be free to talk with other clubs in January if Die Roten doesn’t find an agreement for a contract extension by that time.
Till now, we heard from Hoeness and Alaba’s representatives in the media. On Thursday, Hasan Salihamidzic spoke about this topic during an interview with Kicker. The club’s sporting director insisted that there is a fixed wage structure at the club, and Pini Zahavi’s demands are exorbitant for a contract renewal of Alaba.
“At FC Bayern, there are sporting and financial maximum limits, those are Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer. ”
“Zahavi is thinking in other dimensions. He can do that, but we won’t follow him. We won’t do crazy things that he might know from other clubs. And certainly not at a time when turnovers and profits are collapsing, in football and everywhere else in business.”
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Salihamidzic also insisted that there are no problems with Alaba. Zahavi did respond to Salihamidzic’s comments later in the day. He insisted that Alaba’s wage demands are lower than Lewandowski. Zahavi also stressed on the fact that he had negotiated the contract for Lewandowski last year.
Just a month ago, when the club met Zahavi in Lisbon, there was optimism about reaching an agreement with the player. However, right now, the situation looks precarious. Die Roten is unlikely to listen to offers for Alaba in this window, so they will have three months to convince Alaba that his future is better served in Bavaria.
From Alaba’s perspective, he is right to negotiate a healthy contract since this is going to be the last big contract of his career. He has been previously linked with a move to Spain, but both Spanish giants are not exactly in a good place financially to sign Alaba right now. Premier League could be an option for Alaba since Pep Guardiola is managing at Manchester City.
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The 28-year-old defender has been a pivotal player for Die Roten in the last decade. He was a very important player for Hansi Flick last season as he provided balance in the heart of the defense. The situation around David Alaba has got messy in the past couple of weeks, but eventually, Rekordmeister will end up reaching an agreement with him. If Die Roten were not having any chance of convincing him, then the club would have cashed in as they did with Thiago Alcantara.