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Herbert Hainer remaining relaxed over David Alaba contract extension talks

Hainer said contract extensions take place “one at time” at FC Bayern, so he’s not too worried.

FC Schalke 04 v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

David Alaba still has not signed a contract extension with Bayern Munich, and the Austrian defender has been one of the club’s most consistent performers this season, especially since moving to center back from left back under Hansi Flick. Bayern has already signed contract extensions with Flick, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, and Alphonso Daives. They’re close to reaching an agreement with Thiago Alcantara, but Alaba remains the one veteran player in the squad that they want to extend that still hasn’t given an concrete insight as to when, or if, he plans on extending. He’s remained discrete and deflective when asked about the subject.

Despite not revealing whether or not he actually plans on extending with Bayern, club president Herbert Hainer is remaining relaxed over Alaba’s contract situation (Az). The Austrian has maintained that his focus is primarily on training and matches right now as Bayern push for their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. Hainer highlighted just how good Alaba has been this season with his defensive leadership role: “David Alaba is an incredibly good and experienced player, who has now taken the lead role in the central defense and is playing outstandingly.”

FC Bayern Muenchen v Eintracht Frankfurt - Bundesliga Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Hainer continued by saying FC Bayern is “doing one thing at a time,” in reference to the contract extensions. He said that Bayern is like a puzzle that needs to be put together “piece by piece” when it comes to squad planning and sorting out contracts for players and staff members.

As it stands, the ball really is in Alaba’s court. He’s been outstanding this season and has received interest from top clubs across Europe. He’s shown that he can be effective as both a left back and a center back; a versatility that not all defenders possess to such great effect. Knowing this, it’s probably one of the reasons Bayern’s front office is maintaining a calm and relaxed approach, because they don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on him. Alaba knows his worth in this squad and what the team is capable of, especially if the core group of players stays intact and Bayern make a few more top class signings.

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