David Alaba rejects new deal with Bayern Munich amid January transfer rumors – originally published on Sportslens.com
One of Bayern's longest-serving players could be on his way out of the club. Defender David Alaba has been linked to a move from the European champions for a few months now, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG all excited.
According to the Daily Mail Bayern President Karl-Heinze Rummenigge has done everything in his power to persuade Alaba to stay in Munich, but the Austrian international wants to continue. His current contract runs next summer but the 28-year-old will be able to speak to clubs in January.
Alaba has developed into a center-back last year due to the outstanding rise of the young Alphonso Davies. However, he did a good job in this position and helped the Bundesliga giants to win fourfold last season.
Alaba is a versatile defender who can play virtually anywhere on the backline, which is certainly an attractive trait to potential applicants. He also has a lot of experience at the highest levels of European football, having won two Champions League trophies and nine Bundesliga titles while at Bayern.
At 28 he is still a valuable player for every side. There haven't been any serious talks with Chelsea, PSG or Real Madrid so far, but Zinedine Zidane is reportedly a fan of the Austrian defender's skills. Manchester United have also shown interest in the past few weeks as they try to find more solidity on their own end.
The Blues reinvented their backline during this tenure with the newly formed partnership of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma, but at 36 it is not known how long the Brazilian will stay at Stamford Bridge. Alaba could be a logical replacement for him next summer if he moves on.
Alaba is unlikely to move elsewhere in January as its contract expires next summer. But after almost 10 seasons at Bayern Munich, his time at the club seems to be coming to an end.