21 years old, in his prime and still on the rise.
The life of David Alaba seems to be good. The young gun has made a storybook career thus far and there are no signs of a decline. However there is one bump in the road people talk about – in not all seriousness of course: It is too bad that he was born in Austria and not in Germany.
He won it all, the Bundesliga, DFB cup and Champions League, still at a very young age, but one thing he might never win is a tournament with the national team.
Despite this well-meant teasing, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is one of the best in the business. A rock solid defender, who has an eye for the counter attack. Unsurprisingly, top teams had him on their transfer wish list last summer: Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal. Why not? Alaba would be a great addition for their defence.
None of these rumours came true, but now there is a chance that Alaba might want to switch team.
According to a report by German sport magazine Sport Bild, contract negotiations with Bayern Munich are not going so well. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that they have to find a “financial basis” as Munich want to re-sign midfield talent Toni Kroos and Brazilian international Rafinha and they apparently agreed with former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng on new terms.
Furthermore the club from Bavaria recently paid record transfer fees for Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze.
All this leads to the point that Munich will offer David Alaba a raise but his wage would still be around €6m a year. Not enough thinks the management of the Austrian international.
And who will blame them? Alaba is at the bottom of the payroll although he became one of the cornerstones of Munich’s team and he knows – like everyone else – that some players got paid very highly recently. Gotze for example gets around €10m per year now.
Another crucial point during the contract negotiations is that the 21-year-old likes to play the defensive midfield position like he is doing with Austria. But that won’t happen any time soon at Bayern Munich according to reports.
If negotiations continue to slow down, there is a real possibility Arsenal or Chelsea could renew their interest in signing Munich’s young gun.
However David Alaba still feels positive: Bayern Munich “is my first point of contact, and the rest will be seen.”
It sure will.
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