David Alaba’s contract extension negotiations with Bayern Munich have taking several twists and turns along the way, but there hasn’t been any progress in recent weeks. Alaba’s situation has been one of the biggest talking points during the transfer window, but the club, Alaba, his agent, and his representatives have not been able to agree on a wage package that suits all parties, and thus Alaba could potentially leave on a free transfer next year.
Despite everything going on behind the scenes, Alaba said he is stilly fully focused on winning matches with Bayern and that he holds absolutely no grudges with the club . He spoke with Kronen-Zeitung (via TZ) while on international duty with the Austrian national team. He assured everyone that his hunger to perform for Bayern to the absolute best of his ability is still at its highest: “The hunger is always there. I play football so that I can be on top at the end of the day. I feel very comfortable in Munich, it has been my home for twelve years. I have experienced some very nice moments there.”
It’s difficult to say whether Alaba’s remarks suggest that he could potentially renew his contract in the next transfer window or are more of a “farewell after so many successful years.” Regardless, he’s ready and willing to put everything he has into this Bayern team for the rest of the season at the least, and he’ll definitely want to put shaky performances against Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin behind him to silence some of his recent critics.
Alaba hasn’t played for Austria in about 11 months due to ongoing muscular problems, but he will likely make his return to action this weekend in their UEFA Nations League match against Northern Ireland. He said he’s excited to suite up for Austria again is ready to play whatever position is asked of him, much like he’s played multiple positions for Bayern: “Sitting in the stands is never fun. I just want to help the team play football successfully. The question has been asked for years because I can play in several positions.”