Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has said he is hopeful of keeping left-back David Alaba at the club next season.
Reports in the English media last week claimed that both Manchester City and Liverpool were keeping tabs on the 27-year-old’s situation at the Bundesliga side.
The Austrian international and his teammate Thiago Alcantara have contracts that expire next summer, and when asked about the two players, Flick said he is keen to keep hold of the pair, although he could not guarantee they would stay:
“Thiago is an exceptional player, an excellent football player,” he told reporters on Friday. “He brings every team a great level of play and is very intelligent. I would like him to stay here. He and the club know that. I want him and Alaba to help us next year.”
“We are in good spirits that it can work out, but in sport you never know how it will turn out. Both players are top, top players.”
City may well be looking for another left-back when the transfer window reopens. Angelino did not convince manager Pep Guardiola and was sent on loan to Germany, while Oleksandr Zinchenko has yet to recapture his form from last campaign.
Benjamin Mendy has certainly looked more impressive but, with the Frenchman’s injury record, it would be a gamble to trust on the player’s fitness going into next season.