Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed defender David Alaba will not remain with the German giants beyond the 2020/21 season, after the club finally took the option of a new contract off the table for the 28-year-old.
The Bundesliga champions had been hopeful of convincing the Austria international to extend his stay in Bavaria beyond the expiration of his current deal, which runs out in the summer of 2021.
But Alaba has made it clear he has no intention of continuing his journey with Bayern and Die Roten appear to have accepted his decision.
Speaking ahead of Bayern's 6-2 demolition of Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday evening, sporting director Salihamidzic admitted to Sky Sport the club has to accept 'David will leave', ending all negotiations with their talented defender.
"In life and football you should never say never. But I don't know how we can still find each other. We made an offer that was rejected and now we have to deal with the fact that David will leave us," Salihamidzic said.
Bayern have been extremely keen to tie down their long-serving superstar and have made a number of contract offers to tempt him into staying put. Alaba seems determined to broaden his horizons elsewhere however, leaving the club with no other option than to step aside.
This will allow the versatile defender to hold talks with any potential suitors in January and possibly leave the German champions on a free transfer next summer.
Although their sporting director is extremely doubtful over the centre back's future, one man who is slightly more optimistic is Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He has held talks with Alaba's representatives and his father George and believes the conversation they had was 'okay', but did admit that 'we've been going in circles for months.'