Cape Town - Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick insists Chelsea
should look elsewhere for a defender because David Alaba is simply not for
The Daily Mirror this week reported that the Blues, who are
due to face Bayern in the Champions League's last-16, were interested in
The report claimed Chelsea, who last month saw their
transfer ban lifted after a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for
Sport, are ready to pay a transfer fee of 70 million euros.
Frank Lampard is believed to be on the lookout for a
left-sided defender with ex-Blues starlet Nathan Ake of Bournemouth another
such player who has been linked to Stamford Bridge.
Alaba is under contract with Bayern until June 2021 and
remains integral to the Bavarian club's plans, having started all of their
Bundesliga matches in November and December after returning from a fractured
Bayern coach Flick, who was appointed in October after the
Bundesliga champions dispensed with the services of Niko Kovac, was asked about
the rumoured Chelsea interest at a press conference during the club’s winter
training camp in Doha.
He said the Austrian international was "not for
sale", adding: "I would say it that way, absolutely."
This comes after the Bayern were in a long-running chase for
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s signature last season.
Chelsea were not happy about the constant rumours
surrounding their highly-rated academy product, who eventually committed his
long-term future to the Blues to end the speculation.
The fact that the two clubs will now meet in two blockbuster
Champions League knockout games in February and March only adds spice to the
Flick, meanwhile, says Alaba will continue to deputise at
centre-back due to the club's injury problems at the back.
"We are very well occupied with Alphonso Davies on the
left," Flick continued. "Alaba is doing very well at centre-back at the
moment. He can lead a team, he showed that. These are the criteria the leader
of the defence has to fulfil."
- TeamTalk Media