Bayern Munich were right to withdraw contract offer for David Alaba

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has agreed contract terms with Real Madrid. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has agreed contract terms with Real Madrid. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images) /

The last four days have been chaotic in European football due to the formation and collapse of the European Super League. One of the other major incidents to happen amidst this chaos was Bayern Munich defender agreeing to contract terms with Real Madrid for a summer move.

The Austrian defender will be out of contract in the summer after spending more than a decade in Bavaria. According to Sky Sports in Germany, Alaba has signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid. Alaba has been linked heavily with numerous clubs across Europe, but Real Madrid has been in the driving seat to get his signature for some time. Joshua Kimmich also hinted on Tuesday that Alaba is on his way to Madrid.

Die Roten wanted to extend the stay of the Austrian defender, but they were not ready to ready to match his wage demands. The German club eventually decided to withdraw offers from the table at the end of October when both parties couldn’t find a breakthrough in negotiations.

The mind-boggling numbers reported in Germany about Alaba’s contract with Real Madrid suggest that Die Roten made the right choice. According to Kicker, Alaba will be getting around €12 million net in wages and close to €20-30 million as a signing-on fee at the Spanish club.

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Alaba is likely to have similar demands at Die Roten. Agreeing to such terms in normal circumstances would have been a controversial decision, let alone during a pandemic. The German club has endured huge financial losses in the last 12 months due to the lack of fans in the stadium. In such an environment, sanctioning a big deal for Alaba would have affected their medium-term plans for the squad.

Bayern has set down a marker by walking away from contract negotiations with Alaba. They will not be taken for a ride during the contract negotiations with other players. Leon Goretzka, Niklas Sule, and Joshua Kimmich are the players that are in line for new deals at Die Roten, while Kingsley Coman is also likely to get a new deal.

David Alaba will be a big absentee for Die Roten from next season since he has been one of the most consistent performers over the year. However, the Austrian defender can be adequately replaced by the younger players in the defensive department. In the long run, Rekordmeister’s decision to withdraw contract offers for Alaba will be vindicated.

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Along with David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez will also leave the club in the summer on free transfers. The Spaniard was always going to leave after his deal since he has become a fringe player in the squad. Meanwhile, Boateng was keen to stay in Bavaria, but the club decided against offering him a new contract.