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Rummenigge: “David Alaba must make a decision”

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reiterated that the ball is in David Alaba’s court as the club awaits a decision.

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In an interview with Sport Bild, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz reiterated that the ball is in Alaba’s court with respect to his future at the club. Asked whether Alaba would stay in Munich beyond this season, Rummenigge responded, “I don’t know.”

He described the last round of negotiations as follows: We had a meeting with [Alaba’s] father George and his agent Pini Zahavi two weeks ago. The conversation was okay, even cordial. But I also must say: we have been going in circles for months. And at some point we have to begin planning for the next season; we have to know: will David stay at FC Bayern or not? That is why a decision at this point in time was important.”

Rummenigge reiterated that Bayern Munich, like many clubs, is facing losses on account of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The players must also develop an understanding for the clubs, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. We have crazy financial losses; we have not had spectators in the stadium for eight months. We are facing a three-figure loss in the millions.”

Signing a new contract with Bayern would also be in Alaba’s interest, Rummenigge argued. “I think that players are well-advised to stay at a club if they feel comfortable there and, as in David’s case, are still celebrating such major successes.” Alaba has repeatedly stated he is happy at Bayern and would like to stay, despite his financial demands. Rummenigge emphasized that Bayern shares his wish: “I think we are all on the same page here at the club: we all want David to stay. He is a wonderful person and a top player.”

“David Alaba must now make a decision for himself,” Rummenigge concluded.