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31-Mar-2020, 02:04 am

Neuer, Muller, Alaba contract talks won't be affected by coronavirus crisis - Bayern CEO Rummenigge

Manuel Neuer Thomas Muller Bayern Munich 2019-20

Bayern Munich stars such as Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller won't see contract talks at the club affected by the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

A number of the club's top players are out of contract in the summer of 2021, including David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, Thiago and Sven Ulreich.

The impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on football players' contracts is yet to be fully seen, but Rummenigge is adamant that Bayern won't use it as an excuse to push down wages.

"For Manuel [Neuer], the same applies as for all the players whose contracts expire in the summer of 2021," Rummenigge told Merkur and TZ.

"We had already submitted offers before the coronavirus crisis, and we don't want to take advantage of the crisis now in order to push these well-deserving players down in price.

"I think that all these players know that they have a very solid and very reliable employer in FC Bayern who deals with them very fairly."

However, some of the players whose contracts are set to expire in the near future will continue to be the subject of transfer speculation until extensions are finalised.

Neuer had been linked with a surprise exit to Chelsea, but the Germany international has little desire to leave his home country and Bayern seemingly have no intention of losing him.

"Everyone knows what I think of Manuel," manager Hansi Flick said recently.

"He is by far the best goalkeeper in the world, I have no doubts about that, so there is no alternative for me."

New signing Alexander Nubel, set to challenge Neuer for the gloves when he joins from Schalke, therefore looks as though he will have to wait for a first-team chance.

Alaba has been strongly linked with a departure from Bavaria, with Real Madrid and Barcelona mentioned as potential destinations.

The Austria international had also been mentioned as a potential makeweight in a swap deal for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, but Rummenigge has recently dismissed such suggestions as 'fairy tales'.

"As I've heard, rumours are circulating that we would like to hand David Alaba over to Manchester City in exchange for Leroy Sane," he told TZ.

"In addition, I say very clearly: This is Grimm's Fairy Tale and has nothing to do with reality."

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