David Alaba has FINALLY been revealed as a Real Madrid player and the Austrian defender handed over Sergio Ramos’ number four shirt, as the former Bayern Munich star says he is ‘excited and proud’ to play for Los Blancos
- David Alaba has been revealed as a Real Madrid player after his free transfer
- The Austrian passed a medical examination and was awarded the number four shirt in Madrid
- He takes over the number from former captain Sergio Ramos, who left for PSG
- The former Bayern Munich star said he was ‘honoured to wear the white shirt’
Real Madrid have unveiled new defender David Alaba after the defender passed his medical, with Austrian Sergio Ramos handed over to his old number four jersey.
Los Blancos announced they signed Alaba on a free transfer in May as his Bayern Munich contract expired, and after the loss of their legendary Spanish captain to PSG, his arrival will be a welcome boost.
The 29-year-old was pictured undergoing medical treatment before his move could be a rubber stamp, raising his thumbs at the medical facility after all of his checks went green.
David Alaba (left) has finally been revealed as a Real Madrid player after leaving Bayern Munich
He was then called to a presentation at the Bernabeu along with President Florentino Perez – as is tradition with all the great signings at the club – and confessed his pride in wearing the Madrid white shirt.
‘Hello everyone, thank you very much for the warm welcome. It’s a great day in my career, I’m really looking forward to it.
“I am very proud and honored to wear this white Real Madrid jersey. I will definitely give everything [so] we can be very successful together. vamos! Hello Madrid!’
Club chief Perez said he hoped Alaba’s arrival would excite fans, calling him “an extraordinary footballer” and challenging him to be part of the club’s history.
“When great players arrive, Madridistas have a special enthusiasm,” he said. “The arrival of this great player coincides with a great era with the return of Ancelotti. We want our fans to be proud of our team.
“We welcome an extraordinary footballer, David Alaba. I want to thank you for choosing Madrid. You come from one of the best clubs in the world, a friendly club where you have won 28 titles. You are one of the great legends of Bayern.
“You arrive in Madrid with the highest recognition in the football world. You now face an exciting challenge, to add titles with Madrid and be a part of our club’s history. Welcome to the club with which you dream of new titles, welcome to your new home.’
Alaba will go down in Bayern’s history by helping them win 10 Bundesliga titles
Real Madrid hope Alaba’s winning mentality will help him adapt quickly to life in Madrid
Alaba – who got off the plane to Madrid on Tuesday – faces an uphill task to live up to the legacy of Ramos – who played 671 times for the club and enjoyed a trophy-laden spell that saw him win 11 major trophies.
On his parting, an emotional Ramos burst into tears and insisted he never intended to leave, revealing that a contract extension had been taken off the table.
“The offer was accepted, but it had an expiration date,” said the former Real Madrid captain. “They informed us a week ago that the offer had run out.
But he has big shoes to fill after the emotional departure of captain Sergio Ramos
‘I don’t know why it had an expiration date on it. Maybe I misinterpreted or misunderstood, but no one told me.
“This is more of a goodbye than a goodbye. I’ll be back sooner or later. And I will always keep Madrid in my heart.’
Alaba will bring a winning mentality that the club craves and has inspired Bayern Munich to ten Bundesliga wins and two Champions League victories.
He will go down in history as a Bayern icon having played 431 games for the Bavarian squad since coming from Austria Wien in 2008.