In Germany, they know the time has come to put all their efforts into keeping Alphonso Davies in the face of the constant threat posed by Real Madrid’s interest. Before leaving for Manchester, where Bayern will end this Tuesday what has been an almost perfect group stage in the Champions League (four wins and a draw to qualify for the second round as first), game director Christoph Freund explained how this ‘anti-Madrid’s plan is progressing.
When asked about the Canadian full-back’s declining performance in recent games and whether he believes the temptation of Madrid is preventing him from giving his all on the pitch, Freund was blunt: “I don’t think that’s the case,” the Munich manager replied. “It is true that Phonzy, like some of his teammates, did not play well in Frankfurt (5-1). But he also left many games, and I am convinced that we will see another Phonzy in the last three games of the year. Regarding the negotiations, Freund added: “He has a year and a half left on his contract. There are conversations and we will see what happens in the next few weeks. “
As revealed by the German media, Davies’ continuation as the six-time European champion requires a significant salary increase. The 23-year-old footballer and his representative, Nedal Huoseh, demanded that Davies be placed on the first salary step of the Bundesliga champion and earn the same as other top players such as Leroy Sané, Kingsley Coman, or Leon Goretzka: about 15 million euros. Otherwise, the defender does not intend to sign a contract beyond 2025.
At the same time, Freund was also asked about Bayern’s alleged interest in Ronald Araújo. The head of the Bavarian sports area prefers to avoid the issue, although he does not deny at any time that the defender of Barcelona is one of the best things to like. Therefore, Freund did not want to “make a statement on the matter” and limited himself to saying the following: “The winter market is approaching. Usually there are some conversations, but I prefer not to say the details. “