Two years after losing his starting job to David Alaba, Bayern Munich backup leftback Diego Contento has reportedly notified the Bayern Munich front office that he wish to leave the confines of Munich this summer and restart his career abroad.
According to a report in Sport BILD, the 23-year-old German-Italian is looking to force a summer move away from the Allianz Arena despite the fact that his contract runs through 2016. As far as destinations, SSC Napoli (in Naples, where his family is from) are rumored to be a likely destination. This makes sense from a Napoli perspective as they don't have an established leftback. Three players have spent the season rotating in and out of that position and a player like Diego Contento would be an immediate improvement for their side
After years of rumors, and no action, including links with loans to Liverpool( among others) and a permanent move to Werder Bremen last summer, it looks like we may finally see the end of Diego Contento in Bayern red. Moving Contento doesn't change anything in this squad and would not change or weaken Bayern Munich in any way. David Alaba has played virtually every minute this season, and if injury struck, the resurgent Rafinha makes moving Philipp Lahm to leftback in a pinch a prospect that doesn't diminish this squad's talent. The additional presence of leftback Ylli Sallahi, who has featured for the senior squad on occasion under Pep Guardiola, in the Bayern Munich II ranks further makes Contento an expendable asset.
Keep your eye on this rumor, because it's most likely the real deal.