Mon, 26 Oct 2020

BERLIN, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Ahead of the Bundesliga season opener against Schalke 04 this Friday evening, Hansi Flick seems to be on high alert.

While Bayern confirmed Thiago Alcantara's departure (the Spaniard is joining Liverpool for 24 million euros) the Bayern coach is facing a campaign that started with an incomplete squad.

Too many unsolved cases endanger the 2020 treble winners' preparations, the 55-year-old claims. After the 29-year-old midfielder has left for the Premier League, Flick's squad was downsized to only 15 experienced players.

With Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng as possible departure candidates, until the transfer window is closed on October 5, Flick demands replacements.

Bayern might face 55 games in 254 days if the Bavarians reach the finals in all competitions.

David Alaba completes the doubtful cases.

An unpleasant battle of words between the Austrian internationals management and family and Bayern is causing an uncomfortable atmosphere.

Bayern's harsh reactions show how desperately the club's leadership level is trying to get things in safe waters as soon as possible to allow Flick a good start.

Alaba's management and father are accused of spreading lies about the central after former Bayern president Uli Hoeness called Alaba's agent Pini Zahavi, a "mercenary piranha."

Today, Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic renewed Bayern's position by saying the players entourage's demand goes beyond the pale.

Like Hoeness Salihamidzic said, Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski are the top-earning performers, and Bayern doesn't intend to extend that finish line.

"I don't think David is demanding to stand above those two," the 43-year-old said.

"Mr. Zahavi might be used to crazy things from other clubs, but Bayern is different. We are going to stick to our principles and won't change that in COVID-19 times."

Behind Bayern's attitude stands the intention to map the team's hierarchy in the player's salary.

According to media reports, the players' management has called for a five-year contract with 25 million euros per year.

Zahavi and Alaba's father have denied having requested that size. David Alaba expressed his surprise about the club's statements and said he felt hurt.

Salihamidzic said Bayern is highly interested in keeping David Alaba despite having rejected the clubs' offer of assumed 17 to 18 million euros per season.

Bayern said they want to avoid the 28-year-old to leave after his current contract expires after the next season. The Austrian could go for free but still needs to find a club complying with his demands.

"He is one of our cornerstones and vital figures. Everyone in the club is fond of him," the Bayern official added.

Alaba joined Bayern as a junior in 2009, making his way to world-class. Over recent years, the Austrian talked about his dreams of playing in Spain for clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid.

While Thiago won the 2020 treble with Bayern aside of seven national titles, Alaba has been part of the 2013 and 2020 treble-winning side next to nine league titles.

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