Bayern Munich defender David Alaba ‘WON’T be sold in January’ amid links to Liverpool and Man City despite his contract expiring next summer with manager Hansi Flick hoping to keep him for ‘as long as possible’
- Bayern Munich have no plans to sell David Alaba in January, reports claim
- The defender’s contract expires next summer and he is attracting huge interest
- Liverpool and Man City are among the list of admirers along with Juventus
Bayern Munich have no intention of selling defender David Alaba this January, despite the Austrian’s contract expiring next summer, reports claim.
The Bavarian side are desperate to hold onto the 28-year-old and have offered him fresh terms in the last few months, but were forced to withdraw their deal after he rejected their proposal.
But despite the threat of losing him for nothing at the end of the season, Bayern boss Hansi Flick is planning to keep hold of Alaba ‘for as long as possible’, according to German outlet Bild, with the coach looking to keep the squad at full strength as they battle for the Bundesliga and attempt to retain their Champions League crown.
Bayern Munich will not sell David Alaba in January despite his contract expiring next year
Manager Hansi Flick is keen to keep hold of the defender for as long as possible, reports claim
Selling Alaba was never on the cards, the report adds, with the club not urgently requiring cash from his transfer despite increasing financial uncertainty posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The doubt over his future will give a huge boost to a handful of European outfits bidding to take him off Bayern’s hands next summer, and there should be a huge tug-of-war for his signature should a player of his quality become available for free.
Alaba, considered as one of the world’s best defenders, can play at centre-back or left-back – a huge bonus to clubs looking to add strength and versatility to their defence – and is reportedly interesting Manchester City and Liverpool.
David Alaba could be snapped up for free next summer with a host of clubs said to be keen
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (left) and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (right) are both interested in Bayern Munich’s experienced star
As reported by AS, the Premier League duo have joined Juventus and PSG in the battle to snap him up, and any interested parties will be able to begin pre-contractual negotiations from January.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been mooted with a move, with Alaba said to prefer a move to LaLiga. With both clubs financially striken, the prospect of a free transfer should entice them.
This season Alaba remains in the plans of Flick, who has appeared to concede defeat in his hopes of keeping him, as a feud develops around his refusal to commit his future and the aftermath of proposals being withdrawn.
President Herbert Hainer said their contract offer to Alaba was withdrawn after he rejected a ‘very good’ deal
Club president Herbert Hainer said a ‘very good’ offer was now ‘completely off the table’ after failing to agree terms with the player.
‘We submitted to David and his advisor some time ago what we think was a very good offer. During the last meeting we had said we wanted clarity by the end of October. We did not hear anything until yesterday and we contacted his advisor.
‘The answer was that the offer was still unsatisfactory and we should think about it again. We then decided to take the offer completely off the table. This means there is no longer an offer.’
Alaba was unhappy with officials for speaking about ‘internal’ matters around his contract
But Alaba slammed the club hierarchy for speaking out about the issue, revealing he found out about the withdrawal on the news and said he ‘wished internal stuff would stay internal’.
‘I heard it like everyone else on the news,’ he said. ‘I cannot say how it will continue from this point. I am glad to be playing for Bayern, and to be a part of the team. But what the future will look like after yesterday evening I just cannot say, as no one has talked to me officially.’
‘I can completely understand the fans. I wish internal stuff would stay internal. The numbers out there do not correspond to reality and I am a bit disappointed and sad that the club never officially came out to say they are wrong.’