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Real Madrid: Bayern chief boosts hopes of Alaba free transfer

Real Madrid target David Alaba is out of contract at Bayern Munich in the summer and, as things stand, is free to talk to other clubs in the New Year.

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Real Madrid: Bayern chief boosts hopes of Alaba free transfer
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David Alaba remains unable to agree an extension to his Bayern Munich contract, which is due to expire at the end of the season - and as of 1 January, he’ll be free to negotiate with other clubs.

Real Madrid eyeing Alaba deal on free transfer

The potential to snap up Alaba on a free transfer next summer is something Real Madrid chiefs are keeping a close eye on, with Los Blancos long-term admirers of the Austrian, who can operate in defence and midfield.

Bayern chief: "I don't know if we'll start negotiations up again"

And amid talk of an Alaba move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he is unsure whether contract discussions between the 28-year-old and the Bundesliga champions will resume.

"Bayern have done everything possible to reach an agreement," Rummenigge told German TV show Doppelpass this weekend. “We’ve had many conversations, but we wanted an answer from him by the end of October.

“That didn’t happen and I don’t know if we’ll start negotiations up again. What I want to make clear is that our offer reflected how very strongly we feel about him. But he didn’t accept it.”

Asked about the possibility of Alaba joining Madrid, Rummenigge said: "I don’t know anything about the rumours. He’s free to negotiate with whomever he wants from 1 January."

Alaba a two-time Champions League winner with Bayern

Since making his first-team debut in 2010, Alaba has played 404 times and scored 32 goals for Bayern, winning nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues.