David Alaba will leave Bayern Munich in the summer as expected. The defense chief is likely to be drawn to Spain, he goes “in friendship”.
His Spanish was “not that good”, said David Alaba in broad Viennese language and smiled mischievously, “but enough space is available.” And it should get better soon anyway: Starting in the summer, the Austrian national soccer player will throw himself into an “intensive course Espanol” – it only seems open whether in Madrid or Barcelona.
Alaba is looking for a new challenge
The head of defense will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season after 13 years as expected. “That was definitely not an easy decision,” he said on Tuesday: “The club is very important to me, I am very, very grateful to them for a lot. I can really call the club a family. It was an amazing time. ” But it is now entering its final phase, after careful consideration the 28-year-old wants to “get out of my comfort zone and take on a new challenge”.
Where exactly? The favorite is Real Madrid, but their eternal rival Barca can still hope. He has not yet made up his mind, said Alaba, “I will not worry about that now”.
Los Blancos have the Alaba side after Sky Infos presented a tempting offer with a net income of twelve to 13 million euros. The final decision should not be made until April or May. Only one transfer to England, which he had once dreamed of as a young professional, he ruled out.
Alaba: “A lot was torn in from the outside”
Financial aspects were “not a factor” when he left, Alaba assured him that he was at peace with the Bayern bosses. Who tried to get him? “Everyone, really everyone,” said Alaba, who felt he had great support. But the quarrels, all the headlines about supposed greed for money? “A lot was torn in from the outside,” he emphasized.
Alaba switched to the Munich youth team in 2008 and made his Bundesliga debut in March 2010. He has developed from the position of left-back to head of defense in the center, most recently he also repeatedly helped out in his favorite position in midfield. In 415 competitive games (33 goals) with Bayern, Alaba won the triple and the Club World Cup twice (2013/2020) as well as seven other championships and four additional DFB Cups.
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Upamecano has already been chosen as the successor
The Bavarians would have liked to extend the expiring contract, but were unable to meet Alaba’s demands. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently emphasized that the dispute, which was partly fought out in public and sparked off, has now been settled.
“He was always a pleasant person. He’s still totally committed to FC Bayern. He is an absolutely serious, dear, nice guy that we all like, ”said the CEO at Sky Sport News: “He deserves to be treated well at FC Bayern until the last day. We will part in friendship. “
That was the world when Alaba started at Bayern
The Munich team have signed French international Dayot Upamecano as their successor for the summer. The 22-year-old comes from league rivals RB Leipzig for 42.5 million euros and will sign until 2026. A logical choice for Alaba. “It’s no secret that he has a lot of talent and potential,” he said: “He’s very robust and strong in two fights, he also has his qualities in the game opening.”
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