Bayern Munich have reportedly given up on all contract talks with David Alaba as the defender looks to leave the German club in the winter or summer window but his teammate Jerome Boateng says the players are behind him in all this.
On Monday, the Austria international said he was “hurt and disappointed” to learn through the press that Bayern had withdrawn their latest offer to extend his deal, which expires next June, after protracted wranglings.
“Of course it’s an issue, but he is focused on the essentials,” Boateng, who partnered Alaba at centre-back in Tuesday’s 6-2 win at Salzburg, told Sky.
“It is clear that it’s not easy, but he put in another great game today and we’re behind him.”
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic also spoke on the matter saying:
“We submitted an improved offer to him, for which we set a deadline of last weekend,” said Salihamidzic.
“Before that, we informed him that we would withdraw the offer if the deadline expired. That’s what happened.
“In football, you should never say never, but I don’t know how we could come together (to an agreement) now.
“We have to deal with the fact that David will leave us.”
Alaba, 28, looks set to leave the European and Bundesliga champions after failing to agree to a new contract, with his current deal expiring at season’s end, and Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool have all been put on alert.