Manchester City stay away from Bayern Munich defender David Alaba

Manchester City will not participate in the race to sign David Alaba from Bayern Munich.

The Austrian star will be a free agent this summer with his contract with the European champions expiring. Die Roten had expressed interest in extending the 28-year-old’s deal at the club, but with talks stalled last November, they quickly withdrew their offer.

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David Alaba plays for Bayern Munich | Lars Baron / Getty Images

With less than six months away from his current contract, Alaba is free to talk to potential future employers, and La Liga giants Real Madrid are said to be in the race to get his services.

Although Los Blancos appear set to confirm the capture of the full-back, Alaba’s father has confirmed nothing has been agreed yet, although it appears Manchester City have no intention of luring him in. Premier League.

MEN report Pep Guardiola is not interested in making a move for the versatile defender – whether in the January transfer window or when he becomes a free agent this summer.

City’s left-back problems have been well documented in recent seasons, with Oleksandr Zinchenko, Joao Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy all giving their chances on the left side of the defense in recent months.

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David Alaba and Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich together | VI-Images / Getty Images

The chance to bring in a world-class defender – with whom Guardiola once worked during his time at Bayern Munich – on a free transfer seemed too good an opportunity to miss, but City do not appear to be interested in following their initial interest. .

The decision to pass up the chance to sign Alaba may be driven by City’s need to bolster other areas of the squad, with attacking reinforcements appearing necessary.

Sergio Aguero is generally expected to leave the club this summer, and with Gabriel Jesus not developing as expected, Guardiola has been forced to experiment with Kevin De Bruyne and Ferran Torres in turn as makeshift strikers.

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