David Alaba is the player for the future. Austrian international pretty much played in every position on the pitch for Bayern throughout his career.
Last season had turned out to be a dream one for Bavarians. They started poorly, but then Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovač and the team began to pick up on the form.
In the end, Robert Lewandowski had a record-breaking season, and Bayern were crowned as Champions League winners. The team had many problems with injured defenders, and David Alaba once again picked up. He started to play as centre back, and he impressed.
Now, with his contract running out in 2021, Alaba is in a war with his club. And a player of the future, can be an example of future dealings of players with clubs.
Who is greedy piranha in fact?
Alaba has a notorious agent – Pini Zahavi. Nobody from the football world likes him. Fans, coaches, sports directors… But Uli Hoeness likes him the least.
„He has a greedy piranha for an agent. He lets himself be influenced by him very much. This is really all about the money. He is already at the best club in the world. Where else would he go? We had a coffee several times over the past weeks, but because of Zahavi there has not been a result yet”, Hoeness said about Alaba’s contracts situation.
Alaba wants €20 million per year from his new contract, and Zahavi said that „Alaba is the best centre back in the world“. You could very much argue with that, but Alaba saved the season for Bayern. That it wasn’t for his adaptability, Bayern would loose on two fields. Firstly, it’s a question who would play in the heart of the defence. And secondly, if Alaba stayed on the left side of the pitch, Alphonso Davies wouldn’t be moved back to the defence.
So, as a player who was an academy product, and a very marketable figure, Alaba has every right to demand a big contract. Especially from a club like Bayern, whose earnings and revenues are enormous.
What does this mean in the end?
It’s natural that Uli Hoeness doesn’t want to give more money to his players. However, the only thing that you’ll find in virtually every football financial report is rise in wages.
So, like it or not, clubs will have to pay their players more. Transfer fees will go down, but player wages will go up for sure. So, David Alaba may not get €20 million a year, but we will get a huge pay rise. From Bayern, or from some other club.