The Austrian international will leave Bayern for a free transfer this summer. Many clubs are interested in signing him
Jürgen Kohler told the story goal that David Alaba is leaving FC Bayern Munich for money and has no problems with it, as he did.
Alaba announced last month that he would be leaving Bavaria on a free transfer this summer without naming his next destination.
It has been widely reported that Real Madrid will land the Austrian, although there is interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea that can only serve to strengthen Alaba’s bargaining position.
What was said
Kohler was a key member for Germany in the 1990s, winning the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996, while in 1991 he exchanged Bayern for Juventus for the riches of Serie A at club level.
“It won’t be a step backwards for him, although FC Bayern is one of the three best clubs in Europe and doesn’t have to hide from anyone in terms of sporting and economic performance,” said Kohler goal of Alaba’s imminent departure
“He’s definitely taking this step for the money, and I can understand that. He’s 28 now and he’s going to sign a four or five year contract.
“He can tell me what he wants. A few euros will play a big role. But you can’t withhold that from the player. It’s perfectly legitimate and most others would do the same.”
While Alaba already has money beyond most people’s wildest dreams, Kohler believes that given the precarious nature of professional football, he can rightly reap its worth.
“As a professional footballer, you only have a few years to practice this profession,” said Kohler. “Serious injuries can also occur. [Niklas] With his two cruciate ligament tears, Sule can tell you a thing or two about it. Fortunately, Alaba has been spared this so far.
“I also left Bayern because of the money. Of course the move to Italy was also very good for me. Especially in terms of personal development. But that really wasn’t my first thought. It would be a nice fairy tale if I got them now told something else. “
Boateng’s Bayern future in doubt
Jerome Boateng’s contract is also expiring, but unlike Alaba, he’s the other side of 30.
Kohler doesn’t think Bayern will renew the 32-year-old defender’s deal as he believes the delay has become apparent.
“I don’t think Bayern will extend the contract,” Kohler said of Boateng. “If Bayern are convinced of a player, the talks are usually held early.” Hansi Flick opened up a different perspective for Boateng, but he also gets on board and has become more prone to injury.
“Bayern already have three top players in this position [Dayot] Upamecano, Sule and [Lucas] Hernandez who are much younger.
“I’m also sure that they will get another player to defend – maybe a replacement for [Javi] Martinez in the number six role who can also play in central defense.
“If I were in Bayern’s position, I would think about it [Denis] Zakaria. “