Bayern Munich ‘cautiously optimistic’ that David Alaba will stay despite Man City links
Bayern Munich ‘s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is “cautiously optimistic” that David Alaba will agree a new deal with the club.
The defender has one more year left on his current contract at the club and had been linked with a move to Manchester City to link up with former boss Pep Guardiola.
Reports have claimed that Bayern are unwilling to meet Alaba’s wage demands of £18m-a-year but negotiations are expected to continue once Bayern have wrapped up their Champions League campaign.
Speaking on Tuesday, Rummenigge expressed his belief that an agreement will happen, saying: “With Alaba, I am cautiously optimistic we will find a solution.”
Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has also offered an update on Alaba’s future, telling Sky Sports Deutschland earlier this month: “Talks are going well, but now is not the time to talk about it. The tension is increasing here in Munich for Saturday’s game.
“We are only focusing on the match against Chelsea but at some point a decision will be made, and when it arrives we will communicate it.
“Here at Bayern we all want David to stay here. We will try to do everything, let’s accelerate and not just talk about it. It is obviously David’s decision whether to stay here or not but if he stayed we would all be very, very happy.”
The player himself has refused to talk about his future, instead preferring to focus on the Champions League, saying: “My focus is on the next few weeks and that’s why I don’t let anything else distract me.
“I think it will be even more intense in the next few weeks and that’s why we want to prepare well in Portugal so that we’re ready. The anticipation is huge, of course.
“Barcelona have a good team, we are aware of that, with very good, individual players, but we want to counter that and go to Portugal with confidence. We need each other, [we cannot] hide.”