Bayern Munich has had their defensive lapses this season, but they’ve significantly improved in that department in recent weeks, winning four Bundesliga matches in a row and collecting two clean sheets in the process.
The future of Bayern’s back line, however, is in question due to contract situations and potential transfers that will happen this summer. In a recent interview on “Sky 90” (via Bild), Oliver Kahn said that despite all of the question marks surrounding Bayern’s defense, he’s not too worried about it.
“I’m not really worried about the defense, to be honest. I think we have very flexible players in that area,” Kahn explained.
David Alaba will be leaving the club this summer and he’s been a vital piece in Bayern’s back line ever since he was moved to center back last season. Kahn recognizes that Alaba’s departure will require a top caliber replacement, for which Bayern has been linked with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.
“We are losing David Alaba. After all, we made him an offer a long time ago. He did not accept this offer. I also understand that a player like David, who has played for FC Bayern Munich for a very, very long time, that at some point he will be looking for a new challenge. We have to think about who could be adequate to replace David then also,” Kahn said.
In Leipzig’s Upamecano, Kahn feels that Bayern would be one of the best destinations for him despite interest from other top clubs across Europe. Of the interested clubs, Bayern has been the most successful and it would be a logical next step for him.
“Dayot is in demand throughout Europe. He’s shown this season what quality he has. Of course, we are also holding talks. He’s a player that many top European clubs want. Only FC Bayern is the most successful club in the world at the moment in terms of sport. Accordingly, we are of course now just attractive for such players that they ultimately then decide for us,” Kahn exclaimed.
It’s also understood that Bayern’s front office will begin talks with Jerome Boateng about his expiring contract no later than match. Boateng could wind up leaving the club this summer or extending his contract for at least for another season; both options are on the table. Kahn affirmed that the right decision will be made after all of the talks are held: “If you look at what Jérôme has done, also in the past, I think we owe him a lot. It goes without saying that we will hold talks promptly. And then we will find a very clean solution.”
Kahn concluded by squashing legitimate suggestions that Bayern was potentially interested in bringing in Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who’s currently undergoing contract negotiations with Los Blancos. “As a player, I would have loved to play with Ramos. But there’s nothing to it,” Kahn said.