After weeks of rumors linking Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba with moves away from the club, it looks like the Bayern stars will in fact be staying at the Allianz Arena this summer. The club has made it clear that they have no intention of selling either of the two players during the summer and will not be considering offers from other teams.
The news comes as a big blow to Spanish side Real Madrid who have made their interest in both players very clear. There had been a number of reports claiming that Real Madrid were looking to make Lewandowski their marquee signing of the summer and that they had been making efforts to contact him and reach some sort of personal agreement. With not a single out and out striker besides Karim Benzema, signing Lewandowski was surely one of Real’s main priorities this summer. Real Madrid have also already made pursuits to sign David Alaba, as it was reported that Los Blancos had made a £38m bid for the Austrian only to have it rejected by the Bavarian club.
Bayern Munich’s executive director, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said in an interview that the club will not be doing much selling this summer, “The door’s closed. No player will leave Bayern against our will. We’ve got a good relationship with [Real Madrid] as we do with Barcelona. But since 2008 it’s been known around Europe that we don’t sell players that we don’t want to sell.”
Lewandowski and Alaba have been crucial to Bayern Munich’s success during these last few years and their departures would have been a huge blow to this Bayern team. Lewandowski was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season and has been pivotal to Bayern’s attack since he joined the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. Alaba, on the other hand, has been an incredibly strong and versatile component to the Bayern side and has proven himself as a center back, left back, and central midfielder. The young Austrian, who came out of Bayern’s youth academy, has consistently improved from year to year and is set to be a key part of Bayern’s future. With Ancelotti coming in as the new manager, it is imperative that Bayern keep the likes of Lewandowski and Alaba in order to maintain a strong, well-balanced side for the Italian to develop and make his own in the coming months.