Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who has been linked to Liverpool and Manchester United, took half in Bayern Munich’s first full coaching session on Friday in preparation for the brand new season. With a yr left on his contract, the 29-year-old has stalled over signing an extension with the Champions League winners having been linked to the 2 Premier League sides. Membership bosses say the central midfielder has advised them he desires a “recent problem” after seven years in Munich. Nevertheless, final weekend Alcantara acknowledged “I’ve by no means stated I wish to depart”.
Holders Bayern kick-off the brand new Bundesliga season subsequent Friday by internet hosting Schalke 04 with Alcantara considered one of a number of gamers whose future is unclear.
Austria defender David Alaba, who additionally skilled Friday, is one other stalling over extensions talks.
The 28-year-old, the one product of Bayern’s academy within the beginning facet, is reportedly searching for a wage increase to earn round 20 million euros ($24 million) per season.
Likewise, midfielder Javi Martinez, 32, whose contract additionally expires in 2021, has been linked to a switch again to Spain or a transfer to China.
On Monday, Bayern head coach Hansi Flick, who missed Friday’s session to attend a funeral, admitted the uncertainty makes planning “not fairly really easy”.
Nevertheless, so long as first-choice stars Alaba and Alcantara are in his squad, “I am planning with them”.
Bayern have already misplaced Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Alvaro Odriozola – all signed on mortgage for a season – who have been a part of the squad which gained the Champions League ultimate on August 23.
Flick is aware of Bayern should “make up for” the loss, particularly because the European champions face a punishing opening schedule.
“We are going to want good high quality throughout the board,” Flick added as Bayern face Sevilla within the UEFA Tremendous Cup on September 24, then Dortmund every week later for the German Tremendous Cup.
The 55-year-old desires to finalise his squad – “I hope October is quickly” – with the switch window closing on October 5.
Sports activities director Hasan Salihamidzic is searching for a right-back, to exchange Odriozola, and one other winger to again up Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman.
Flick has additionally stated Sane, signed in July from Manchester Metropolis, should enhance his defensive sport.
“We are going to proceed working intensively when not in possession. He should additionally get entangled. This shall be a change for him,” Flick added.
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