David Alaba has been a vital player for Bayern Munich after his rise through the club’s youth ranks to a first team debut in 2010.
The Austria international has been something of a Swiss Army Knife player for successive Bayern managers, comfortably playing at full-back and central midfield across the last decade. However, despite making just shy of 400 appearances in all competitions and winning nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles, Alaba’s time in Bavaria looks set for a controversial end.
The 28-year old is out of contract at the end of the season and talks over an extension have hit a brick wall, with former club president Uli Hoeness criticising Alaba and his controversial agent Pini Zahavi. Zahavi has played hard ball with Bayern over a new deal with Juventus’ rumoured interest providing some leverage with the Bundesliga champions.
However, despite Alaba’s importance to Hans-Dieter Flick’s plans, Bayern have built a reputation of not bowing to pressure from agents and players when negotiating new contracts. Hoeness has publicly criticised Zahavi, labelling him as a ‘piranha’, in his approach to the talks, accusing the Israeli lawyer of underhand tactics in his dealing with Bayern and his other high-profile clients.
Bayern icon Hoeness believes the chances of securing a new deal for Alaba have now disappeared due to Zahavi’s influence on his client encouraging him to move on from Germany and agree a lucrative new deal at another European powerhouse.
Juventus are likely to reignite their interest in January and Alaba is permitted to sign a pre-contract agreement with non-German clubs from the start of 2021.