Bayern Munich are prepared to let David Alaba make his own decision on his future with the club, as interest from the Premier League continues to grow.
The Austrian signed with Bayern’s youth team in 2008 and eventually became a regular in the first-team in the 2011/12 season. He’s since become one of the versatile players in the world, but is entering the final year of his current contract in Munich.
Alaba has looked world class in yet another position under new manager Hansi Flick. The 28-year-old has shifted across to centre back amid the emergence of Alphonso Davies at left back, but the Mirror report that his long-term future with Bayern is now in doubt.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was adamant that the club wouldn’t let players leave for nothing, saying: “We don’t want to lose a player on a free transfer next year – I will be very clear about that”.
When asked about the futures of Alaba and teammate Thiago Alcantara – who has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer – manager Flick admitted that the players will get to decide their fates, and that the club must ‘respect’ their wishes.
He expressed his desire for Alaba to stay with the club, however, noting: “I hope we can convince him to sign with Bayern. In the end, he’s a very important player for us, the heart”.
Alaba has been a key figure to his club’s successes once again this season, making 38 appearances in all competitions and chipping in with two goals and two assists from centre back – including the opening goal in the DFB Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen.
However, with just a year to go on his contract and Bayern not willing to let their players leave for free, his time in the German capital could be up this summer. Alaba has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City and the two clubs have already done business once this summer, with Leroy Sane heading back to his homeland.