If you thought the past few months of following Bayern Munch’s contract negotiations with David Alaba has been a whirlwind, the last 24 hours must have been quite a thrill-ride.
- Pini Zahavi probably new the deadline and opted not to react
- Alaba say he was “disappointed and hurt” at how things played out publicly
- What clubs are lining up to make a move for Alaba
Now, Alaba is speaking more freely. In an exclusive interview with Sky Sport Germany, Alaba sounds scorned and bitter. Specifically, Alaba said the following (as captured by both Abendzeitung and @iMiaSanMia):
On the proposal to be included in a swap deal (presumably for Leroy Sané then still at Manchester City):
“After the second or third conversation (about new contract), I got a call and was asked if I could imagine a swap deal. What I’ll say about: That’s probably a slap in the face at some point.”
On feeling disrespected throughout the process:
“This respect and the appreciation I was looking for when contract negotiations started have not gone in the right direction. It’s now been a year since then, at a time when the coronavirus was still very far away.”
On whether or not he can still envision a future in Bavaria:
“I’m not thinking about that. I’ve only found out about it from the news yesterday evening and haven’t had time to think. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Bayern Munich, however, is refuting Alaba’s assertion that he was asked to be part of a swap deal. In fact, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that the proposal came from Alaba’s own agent Pini Zahavi (per TZ’s Manuel Bonke):
Zu diesen #Alaba-Vorwürfen sagte #FCBayern-Boss Rummenigge uns übrigens im März: „Dazu sage ich klar und deutlich: Das ist Grimms Märchen und hat nichts mit der Realität zu tun!“ Kein Wunder: Die Idee stammte damals von Berater Pini Zahavi. https://t.co/tNW3GHyO4k— Manuel Bonke (@mano_bonke) November 2, 2020
By the way, #FCBayern-Boss Rummenigge told us in March about these #Alaba accusations: “I say clearly and unambiguously: This is Grimm’s fairy tale and has nothing to do with reality!” No wonder: The idea came from agent Pini Zahavi.
Things seem to be going swimmingly.