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Bayern chief ‘optimistic’ Alaba will stay put

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge remains relaxed over David Alaba’s future at Bayern Munich as he compares him to club icon Franz Beckenbauer.

Ever since making his breakthrough back in the 2011/12 season, David Alaba has been one of Bayern Munich’s most crucial players.

Alaba, who joined the Bayern’s youth academy in 2008, has enjoyed immense success in his eight year senior stint so far, winning nine Bundesliga titles, Champions League, Club World Cup, and several other honors.

But his future at Allianz Arena has looked uncertain in recent times. The Austria international is yet to agree to a contract extension despite having just a year remaining on his current contract.

This has fueled rumors of his exit, with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and FC Barcelona linked said to be taking interest in him.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, however, is not bothered by the rumors.

Rummenigge told Sky Germany: “First of all, I have to say about David that he had a great season. Even with his style of play, he is a very, very important player for us, we don’t need to talk about that.

“I am nevertheless optimistic that at the end of the day we will find a solution that David will even end his career here.

“I have always said that, for me, David is actually something like Franz Beckenbauer. He is the first player to play again at this level like Franz back then.”