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“I also left Bayern because of the money” - Kohler backs Alaba

Sat 06 March 2021 | 13:16

The 28-year-old is going to depart from Bayern Munich as a free agent in the summer, with many clubs keen on putting pen to paper with him.

According to

Jurgen Kohler

’s quotes carried by

Goal

, the Austria international

David Alaba

is planning to part ways with

Bayern Munich

.

The versatile player has pronounced that he will leave in the summer as a free agent, with his next destination remaining unknown.

Based on the speculations,

Real Madrid

are Alaba’s favorite destination, while

Paris Saint-Germain

and

Chelsea

are also eyeing him.

Kohler was a prolific player for Germany in the 1990s, helping his side grab the World Cup in 1990 and European Championship in 1996.

It won't be a step backwards for him, even though 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,

" Kohler told Goal of Alaba's plan to leave on a free transfer

"

He is certainly taking this step primarily because of the money, and I can understand that. He is now 28 years old and will sign a four or five-year contract.

"He can tell me whatever he wants. A few euros will play a big role. But you can't hold that against the player. It's perfectly legitimate and most others would do the same."

Although the 28-year-old is rich, Kohler believes he has the right to cash in on his qualifications as that is football’s nature.

"

As a professional footballer, you only have a few years in which you can practise this profession,

" Kohler said. "

Serious injuries can also occur. [Niklas] Sule, with his two cruciate ligament tears, can tell you a thing or two about that. Luckily, Alaba has been spared that 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 personality development. But that really wasn't my first thought. It would be a nice fairy tale if I told them something different now.”

Jerome Boateng

’s contract is also due to expire soon, but unlike Alaba, he is in his 30s. Kohler thinks the Bavarians aren’t planning on renewing his contract since the delay talks for itself.

"

I don't think Bayern will extend the contract

,” Kohler said of Boateng. "

When Bayern is convinced of a player, the talks are usually held early on. Hansi Flick has opened up a different perspective for Boateng, but he is also getting on and has become more injury-prone. 

"Bayern already have three top players in this position with [Dayot] Upamecano, Sule and [Lucas] Hernandez, who are much younger.

"I'm also sure that they will bring in another player for the defence - perhaps also a replacement for [Javi] Martinez in the number six role, who can also play in central defence.

"If I were in Bayern's position I would think about [Denis] Zakaria."


source: SportMob