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Bayern won´t give Alaba ultimatum over new deal, says Salihamidzic

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 12 Oct 2020

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Bayern Munich will not give David Alaba an ultimatum to sign a new contract, according to the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

The Austria international’s contract expires at the end of the season and a public spat has broken out between former Bayern president Uli Hoeness and the player’s father about ongoing negotiations over a new deal.

George Alaba reacted furiously to Hoeness’ insinuation his son was only interested in money and accused him of “spreading dirty lies”.

Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly interested in signing the defender, and although Bayern are keen to keep hold of him, Salihamidzic says the club will not put undue pressure on him to reach an agreement.

“First of all, David is our player and he has been at this club for a long time,” Salihamidzic told reporters on Monday. “I think you can imagine that we will not give him an ultimatum because we are serious about this.

“We try to convince David [to stay] and we would obviously be happy if he does stay here in Munich. We hope the contract will be signed soon.”

Alaba joined Bayern’s academy in 2008 and has since gone on to win nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League crowns.

He is on international duty with Austria currently and played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 Nations League win over Northern Ireland.

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