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Rummenigge claims Bayern “did everything possible to keep Alaba”

David Alaba
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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted the club “did everything possible” to keep David Alaba from leaving when his contract expires at the end of the current season.

Alaba will be free to negotiate with any club from January 1, 2021, and Real Madrid are favourites to sign the 28-year-old.

“Bayern did everything we could to try and reach an agreement,” Rummenigge told Sport1’s Doppelpass. “We had a lot of conversations, but we wanted answers from him by the end of October. This didn’t happen and I don’t know if we’ll return to the negotiations.

“What I want to be clear about is that our offer showed exactly how much we value him, but he didn’t accept it.”

Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with an interest in the versatile defender, but Spain looks to be his most likely destination.

Manchester United were also reportedly linked with Alaba, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to add a top-rated centre-back to his team.

Rummenigge was asked about the transfer rumours, to which he replied, “I don’t know anything about the Real Madrid rumours. He’s free to speak to whoever he wants from January 1.”

He was also asked if Bayern could return with an improved offer for the Austrian, but the Chairman claimed that “Bayern had put everything on the table” already. He admitted that the club had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and the financial impact of that had to be taken into consideration as well.

Since signing for Bayern in 2010, Alaba has played 404 times and scored 32 goals, and has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues trophies, among other honours.