Bayern Munich chairperson Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Thursday took the bizarre step of criticising the membership’s honorary president Uli Hoeness for branding David Alaba’s agent a “money-hungry piranha” amid delicate contract re-negotiations.
After months of hypothesis Bayern confirmed that playmaker Thiago Alcantara will be part of Premier League title holders Liverpool, however the European champions nonetheless hope to maintain defender Alaba.
Bayern host Schalke on Friday within the opening match of the brand new Bundesliga season having already misplaced 4 of the squad that gained final month’s Champions League closing.
Alaba, 28, has to date stalled over signing an extension to his contract which expires subsequent yr, and is alleged to be looking for an enormous pay rise.
In accordance with reviews Alaba will solely signal a brand new deal if he’s paid €25 million per yr to out-earn Bayern stars Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski.
Final weekend, Hoeness mentioned Alaba “has a money-hungry piranha” in agent Pini Zahavi, feedback which Rummenigge says weren’t one thing Bayern wanted.
“I can solely repeat myself. In my expertise, negotiations have to be carried out discreetly and in a spirit of belief,” Rummenigge informed broadcasters Spox and DAZN.
“Solely when you could have a closing outcome do you have to go public with it.”
Rummenigge mentioned it was clear from the beginning that the contract negotiations with Alaba “wouldn’t be straightforward” and took a transparent dig at Hoeness.
“It may possibly’t, subsequently, be within the curiosity of Bayern Munich to make inside info of this high quality recognized to the general public.”
Rummenigge’s criticism is uncommon because the pair labored collectively on the Bayern helm for the final decade till Hoeness stepped down as membership president final November and was given an honorary position.
Hoeness nonetheless has a spot on Bayern’s supervisory board.
In the meantime, Bayern sports activities director Hasan Salihamidzic hopes Alaba doesn’t charge himself higher than Bayern captain Neuer and the prolific Lewandowski.
“There’s a sporting and monetary higher restrict at FC Bayern: Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer,” Salihamidzic informed journal Kicker.
“We can’t do the type of craziness he (Alaba) might have seen at different golf equipment.
“And definitely not at a time when gross sales and earnings are plummeting in soccer and enterprise in all places else” as a result of coronavirus pandemic.