David Alaba’s contract situation is causing concern at Bayern Munich, with Hansi Flick now urging him to make a decision.
Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has implored David Alaba to “take responsibility” in contract discussions if he wants to stay with the Bavarian.
Alaba’s situation is a topic that has troubled Bayern off the pitch for much of the year, with talks over an extension now months old.
The Austria international has been an influential figure at the club for many years but arguably enjoyed his best season in 2019-20, excelling as a centre-back as he helped Bayern to a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble.
However, Alaba’s contract expires in 2021 and Bayern have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to secure his long-term future, reportedly withdrawing their latest contract offer with the player’s agent said to be frustrating the club.
Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are among the other clubs that have been linked to his signature, but Alaba has been with Bayern for 11 years, and Flick is urging him to take ownership amid the uncertainty.
“David is a very fine person and a brilliant football player,” Flick told Welt am Sonntag. “He is very popular with the team and holds them together.
“David should take responsibility and decide for himself what is important to him.”
Another Bayern defender whose future is in the air is Jerome Boateng – the German’s contract is also set to run out in June.
While media speculation reports that Boateng will be allowed to leave, Flick seems quite reserved the idea.
“He’s a very important player,” Flick said. “He’s been with the club for over nine years and has been a treble winner twice during that time.
“You can’t write off such a player.”
What will happen come 2021?
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