David Alaba’s contract extension talks suddenly took a wrong turn. Allegedly, Bayern Munich approached Alaba for the third time, and the contract negotiations failed again. Just a few days ago, one of Bayern’s bosses stated that the club withdrew its latest offer for the Austrian defender. The relationship between the player and the management is at an all-time low, and it doesn’t look promising.
This whole situation is coming in a bad time for the Bavarians. Bayern Munich has a tight schedule to keep and the “Alaba situation” might alienate players from their goals and motivation. Hansi Flick himself expressed his discontent with the whole situation and stated that he would love Alaba to stay beyond this season.
The ex-professional, Lothar Matthäus, had an opinion (surprise surprise) about this whole situation. Matthäus (via Tz) openly condemned Alaba and his management and gave full support to Bayern Munich.
“At some point, you have to position yourself as a club and set an example,” Matthäus said. “That is what they have now done. The offer of eleven million euro, plus further six million euro as bonuses is not a child’s benefit!”
Matthäus called for compassion from Alaba, especially during the pandemic, and thinks that the Austrian defender offered very little. Matthäus accused Alaba of only being interested in money and that he chose the wrong time to do so. Matthäus went on to make an interesting point, however, regarding how the club might view Alaba compared to other high-profile veterans.
“Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, and Robert Lewandowski are, however, a bit more important and therefore above him in the salary structure,” Matthäus said. “David is difficult to replace. Müller, Lewy, and Neuer cannot be replaced at all.”