Oliver Kahn says Bayern Munich are "optimistic" of keeping David Alaba at the club despite reported Premier League interest.

The defender was linked with Manchester City, who were said to be exploring the prospect of including him in a deal for Leroy Sane.

With Sane having joined Bayern and City spending a reported £41million on Nathan Ake, Manchester United and Chelsea are now being linked with a move for Alaba.

However, Kahn is hopeful the Austria international will agree to extend his contract, which expires in 2021.

"We are currently in frequent talks with David Alaba and his advisors," Kahn, who is to become Bayern's CEO at the end of next year, told reporters.

"Of course, I can't talk about the content, but I think we're getting closer [to an agreement]. The atmosphere during the last conversation was very pleasant. We're doing everything we can to keep David.

"At the moment, I'm optimistic that we can keep David."

Alaba was part of the Bayern side that beat Lyon 3-0 on Wednesday to secure a Champions League final showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.

Serge Gnabry scored twice to take his tally to 23 in all competitions for Bayern this season, the winger having helped to propel Hansi Flick's side towards a treble.

"He is a player who has developed in the last few months," said Kahn. "His performance curve goes up from year to year. He is far from reaching the top, but is really good, he produces top performances.

"It also has to do with the coach.That is one of Hansi's strengths. He can deal with different types of players, always finds the right words.

"As a coach, you always have to deal intensively with characters, with people and players."

Bayern Munich will strive to be economically "careful" in the next transfer window due to the coronavirus pandemic and that could lead to them waiting to land Leroy Sane on a free transfer, according to Oliver Kahn.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that Germany international Sane has informed his employers he will not sign a new deal, meaning he will either be sold later this year or depart when his contract expires in 2021.

Sane has long been linked with Bayern and Guardiola confirmed the winger has expressed a desire to play for another club.

City are reported to have requested £140million for Sane last year, and although it is unlikely they would hold out for a similar fee this time around, Bayern are apparently only willing to pay £30m.

Club board member Kahn stressed Bayern will not behave irresponsibly in the transfer market.

"We'll talk about transfers when they have taken place," he told ZDF.

"I think it is a time when you have to act very carefully, especially economically, and possible even next season as well."

Regarding Sane, Kahn added: "He [Sane] has another year left on his contract with Manchester City, and there is nothing more to say about it now."

Sane, 24, is yet to play since suffering knee ligament damage in August, as he was an unused substitute when City beat Arsenal 3-0 on Wednesday.

Manuel Neuer's contract extension is a strong statement of intent from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, according to Oliver Kahn.

Neuer agreed terms until 2023 on Wednesday, with his previous deal having been due to expire in 2021.

The news laid to rest doubts over the goalkeeper's future, with the impending arrival of Schalke's Alexander Nubel potentially heralding a new era between the sticks.

Former Bayern keeper and current board member Kahn was delighted to see the 34-year-old commit to the club, who are eyeing an eighth consecutive top-flight title. 

"Another big decision for a successful future! Manuel Neuer is the captain and one of the most important pillars of our team," Kahn tweeted.

"He embodies great years of German football and we're happy to continue the way of FC Bayern together.

"This extension is a strong signal."

Neuer told Bayern's website he was looking ahead "with great optimism", revealing he felt "very comfortable and at home in Bavaria", having arrived at the club from Schalke in 2011.

Hansi Flick's side returned to Bundesliga action following the coronavirus-enforced lockdown with a 2-0 win at Union Berlin on Sunday, with Neuer in the starting XI.

Manuel Neuer will be number one at Bayern Munich next season and will help Alexander Nubel to develop, according to Oliver Kahn.

Neuer's contract expires in 2021 and there are reports of an impasse in talks over a new deal, leading to suggestions the 34-year-old could be moved on at the end of the season.

Bayern have already signed Nubel on a five-year deal, with the Schalke goalkeeper to switch to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer ahead of the next campaign.

However, Bayern board member and former keeper Kahn expects Nubel to be second choice next term, as he predicts Neuer will continue at the highest level for some time.

"In general, as I have shown myself, goalkeepers can of course play into old age, but maintaining a high level is a great challenge," Kahn, who retired at 38, told Sport Bild.

"In Alexander Nubel, we get a highly talented goalkeeper, who has the chance to develop and learn behind Manuel Neuer. Not many have the opportunity to work with the best goalkeeper in the world every day."

While 2019-20 is on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bayern are said to be putting transfer plans in place ahead of next season.

Interim boss Hansi Flick said this month that he believes coaches should have the power to veto transfers proposed by club managers, amid suggestions he has been at odds with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic over Bayern's planning.

Kahn admits it is important that Bayern "march in one direction in order to develop the team further".

He added: "Of course, the coach is a very important factor in terms of transfer plans. Hasan Salihamidzic, Hansi Flick and I discussed and coordinated this and other topics intensively.

"The coach can and should put forward his ideas."

Oliver Kahn feels incoming Bayern Munich goalkeeper Alexander Nubel has taken a "very courageous step" by agreeing a move to Bavaria to challenge Manuel Neuer for the number one spot.

Last week Bayern confirmed Nubel, 23, would be joining the Bundesliga champions on a free in July upon the expiration of his contract with Schalke.

That was the very transfer Neuer made in 2011, though his presence as Bayern's number one and captain means Nubel may struggle for playing time initially.

Former Bayern keeper Kahn, who has returned to the club as a member of their executive board, had advised Nubel to remain at Schalke last April because he had not earned his stripes internationally.

"Back then I wasn't involved in decisions regarding transfers," Kahn told a news conference on Tuesday.

"Every player has to go his own way. He expressed that his way is to come to Bayern Munich; he wants to establish [himself] in a few years as the number one.

"But he wants to learn first from a great goalkeeper as Manuel Neuer is and to take this step you need to be very courageous. It's a very courageous step he decided to take here.

"At the moment we shouldn't think too much about it because we have to focus on the second part of the season, we want to show great performances and we need Manuel Neuer at his best, as we have seen in the first part of the season and recent years."

Neuer, 33, has a contract at Bayern until 2021 and he said Nubel's impending arrival would not affect discussions over a new deal.

A controversy over who occupies the spot between the posts for Bayern could therefore be forthcoming, with Kahn adamant his club made the right decision to acquire Nubel.

"I think we all know what a great talent Alexander Nubel represents, which qualities and abilities he has, so it was a smart and strategic decision to get him if Alexander Nubel is free," he added.

"To have such a great goalkeeper on board is a good sign. Alexander Nubel said he will put himself into the second row to start learning from Manuel Neuer, about whose qualities we don't have to talk about at all.

"He is world number one goalkeeper for many years and well-deserved number one of FC Bayern Munich. He secured lots of titles for FC Bayern Munich.

"For someone like me, who comes to this club after a break, I can speak freely and can discuss and give out my thoughts.

"We will see how we will handle this situation. At the moment, the full focus should be put on the second part of the season."

Whatever advice Kahn chips in with, it is likely to be delivered in a more measured tone than the one he delivered during his 14 years as a Bayern player.

"I think emotions are important - emotions on the pitch for me were an important part and as I saw others on the stands, they are also very emotional," said Kahn, who is due to replace Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as club chairman at the end of 2021.

"I have seen a lot of other things, many business-related things and there you don't see that many emotions and it doesn't help very much.

"Many might wonder, not seeing me so emotional any more. The emotion that I showed back on the pitch, it helped me, but you won't see me doing the same things with the board of directors."

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