In an interview with Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk, George Alaba — father of former Bayern Munich legend David Alaba — indicated that money was not the only issue that cause the Austria international to leave Säbener Straße.
On the Bayern-Insider podcast (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), which is hosted by Falk, George Alaba indicated that “money didn’t play a role, but rather a few things didn’t go well.”
Now...it would be ridiculous to think that money did not play role in seeing David Alaba sign a deal with Real Madrid. The 28-year-old was offered life-changing money (as we captured at the time of the signing):
For perspective, Robert Lewandowski allegedly has a salary of around €20M gross per season. Alaba’s apparent contract even exceeds this sum by around €5M (€25M gross).
The elder Alaba, though, stuck to his guns and offered up this somewhat ominous statement regarding the negotiations (as captured by Transfer Market Web):
“I’m sorry to leave, David was looking for a new challenge but he goes assuming that some things did not go well. Zahavi (the agent who dealt with Bayern, ed) did not deserve to be called ‘greedy piraña’. It was filtered that we asked 20 million for the renewal, then 19.5.
“I do not want to criticize anyone in particular, but going to the press in a populist way and calling Pini (Zahavi) greedy piranha is not good. I don’t want to go into details, but the people in charge know what really happened. They hardened a lot and we didn’t have any kind of discussion about money.”