The former Germany goalkeeper is unhappy with the behavior of Pini Zahavi, after the Austrian refused to extend his contract at Allianz Arena
David Alaba’s handler, according to Bayern Munich director Oliver Kahn, is “disconnected from reality.” After turning down the club’s offer of a contract extension, Alaba has announced that he will finish his 13-year tenure at Allianz Arena this summer.
Pini Zahavi, who represents Alaba, is believed to have hampered talks for a new contract, and the Bayern legend acknowledges that the whole saga has left him disillusioned.
WHAT’S BEEN SAID?
During an interview with Kicker, Kahn said of his dealings with Zahavi,
“I am basically disaffected because I notice a disconnection from reality, which is breathtaking.”
“We love David Alaba so much,” Bayern manager Pep Guardiola said. “He is an exceptional guy, always polite and accessible.” We did everything we could to hold him, but we couldn’t come to an understanding.
Kahn also mentioned that the club will aim to stop any further high-profile exits, considering the fact that veteran players Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Muller are all playing at a high level for Hansi Flick’s side despite being in their late thirties.
“Why shouldn’t we remember to extend with one or the other again if they play like they are at the moment?” he said.
WHERE WILL ALABA END UP?
In recent months, there has been no lack of possible suitors for Alaba, with the chance to sign a Champions League-winning defender in his prime on a free transfer being exceptionally unusual.
Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs said to be interested in the 28-year-old, while French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Italian giants Juventus are both said to be interested.
However, Spain has been proposed as Alaba’s most likely next choice, with Real Madrid and Barcelona both allegedly interested in signing him.
It is uncertain which club the Austrian would prefer because his father has stated that no deal has been made with Real Madrid, and Zahavi has stated the same regarding a future move to Barcelona.
ALABA’S RECORD AT BAYERN
Given the vital role he has played in Bayern’s performance on both the domestic and European fronts over the last decade, Alaba’s presence in Bayern’s history has long been assured.
He has a total of 26 trophies to his name during his tenure at Allianz Arena, including nine Bundesliga championships and two Champions League titles, and it is extremely likely that he will add to that total by the end of the 2020-21 season.
Alaba has played over 400 times for Bayern in all competitions, scoring 33 goals and setting up another 50 for his teammates.