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Herbert Hainer on David Alaba’s contract situation: “You have to deal with it professionally”

David Alaba
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The Bayern Munich midfielder is poised to leave the club as a free agent and the relationship between player and club remains as good as ever.

According to Bayern Munich president, Herbert Hainer, there are no ill feelings between David Alaba and the club after negotiations regarding a new contract broke down.

 

The Austrian star is set to leave as a free agent with Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain all interested in his services. The German champions have been working to try and work out a suitable deal with Alaba, however, after talks with his agent Pini Zahavi, those talks broke down.

 

According to Kicker, Bayern’s terms to Alaba were a three-year deal worth €20 million a season, however, that was rejected by Zahavi.

 

The club president says there are no hard feelings with Alaba however he did say that it seemed like Alaba and his agent have differing views about the demands of the new contract.

Hainer spoke with Bild am Sonntag:

 

I emailed him congratulations on being voted Austria’s Footballer of the Year. I had an answer within 15 minutes. He was happy.

“We didn’t talk about his contractual situation anymore. The mood is okay. You have to deal with it professionally. He and his advisor had different ideas about the financial structure of a new contract.”

 

After Bayern was knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by Holstein Kiel, they have now won four consecutive matches and are seven points clear on top of the Bundesliga. Hainer said he is confident in Hansi Flick’s ability to bring more silverware to the club when the Club World Cup rolls around.

 

“Assume that we appreciate the work of Hansi Flick,” he said. “We are very grateful to him for what he has achieved. He will lead us to the next titles.”Both the team and the coach are really looking forward to playing [in Qatar]. They really want to win this sixth title. Only Barcelona have done that so far.”

 

The club has come under fire for its deal with Qatar Airways, mostly due to the human rights record of the country.

 

“We are firmly convinced that you can only change things if you talk to people, gain their trust and try to influence developments,” said Hainer, who pointed out Bayern women’s team also trained in Doha recently. “That is a sign of equality and appreciation for women and women’s sport as a whole.”

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.