Bayern Munich show strong resolve in David Alaba saga

David Alaba in training for FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images for FC Bayern)
David Alaba in training for FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images for FC Bayern) /

Bayern Munich has put the ball in David Alaba’s court by sending out a strong statement.

It has been a frustrating few months for Bayern Munich regarding the contract negotiations with David Alaba. On the pitch, the player has been incredible, playing a big role in winning the treble last season. Die Roten wants to keep the player at the club, but on their terms.

Bayern decided to probably play the last roll of dice last weekend. The club president Herbert Hainer confirmed that Die Roten has withdrawn their final offer as they wanted clarity before the end of October. He also insisted that the club’s offer is more than fair in current circumstances.

The Austrian defender reportedly wants parity on wages with top earners at the club that includes Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, and Thomas Muller. Considering his consistency over the years, no one can fault Alaba to demand that fee. Moreover, there will be top clubs across Europe ready to sign him in a heartbeat.

Meanwhile, Die Roten wants to give Alaba a considerable raise, but they are not ready to meet his demands. The club is having a lean period financially since the pandemic has affected the revenue streams. Moreover, Rekordmeister is reportedly determined against disturbing the wage structure at the club.

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Speaking in the press conference on Monday, Alaba admitted that he also got to know about this new bit of information from Hainer through television. The Austrian defender also revealed that there has been no contact with other clubs and he remains determined to do well for the club as long as he is in Bavaria.

Hainer’s comments could be a move to force Alaba’s hands as the winter transfer window is approaching soon. The Austrian defender can talk with other clubs during January and even sign a pre-contract agreement. It will be interesting to see whether Alaba’s entourage manages to bring Die Roten back on the table for a new round of negotiations.

The German champions have also reportedly learned important lessons from this contract saga. It is likely to make them proactive regarding negotiations for important players in the future. Leaving it so late gives leverage to the player for negotiating better terms.

The withdrawal of the contract offer also suggests that Die Roten is confident about replacing Alaba. Lucas Hernandez is likely to be his long-term replacement in the starting XI. The Frenchman has started this season strongly after a difficult debut campaign.

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As things stand, Alaba has never been this close to leaving Bavaria. The Austrian defender has been a valuable player in Munich for more than a decade. However, the club is focusing on the bigger picture rather than caving in and meeting Alaba’s demands.