Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has said defender David Alaba must “take responsibility” for himself as his contract saga unfolds.
The FCB is trying to tie up Austria’s international defender, but has repeatedly rejected their offers.
Indeed, Bayern have withdrawn their latest offer after it was rejected by the player, who is reportedly being courted by both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
With his contract expiring in June, he could move to any of those clubs with a free transfer if no new agreement is reached.
Flick has stressed the importance of the player for his team and has told him to think it over before reaching any conclusions.
“David should take responsibility and decide for himself what is important to him,” he told Die Welt. “David is an excellent person and a brilliant soccer player. He’s very popular with the team and keeps them together. “
There seems to be an internal division at Bayern as to how to deal with the situation. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has stated that he does not see how a deal can be made, while CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has indicated that the door is still open for the 28-year-old if he wishes to return to the table.
Bayern could be considering a significant shakeup of their defense in the coming months, with center back Jerome Boateng also out of contract in the summer of 2021.
Reports in Germany suggested that Bayern were ready to let go of the veteran player at the end of his term, but Flick is less clear on that.
“He is a very important player,” he said. “He has been with the club for more than nine years and has been a treble twice during that time.
“You can’t rule out a player like that.”
Bundesliga leaders Bayern lost part of their mattress in Germany’s top flight on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen.
This week, they will face Red Bull Salzburg at home in the Champions League before a trip to Stuttgart on Saturday for domestic business.