David Alaba joins Real Madrid for free from Bayern Munich on a five-year deal with defender to be revealed as Los Blancos player after Euro 2020
David Alaba’s move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid has been confirmed, with the Austrian defender signing a five-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 28-year-old has been with the German giants for 13 years, but is leaving Bayern on a free transfer after 431 appearances and winning 27 trophies with the club.
Alaba’s move was confirmed by the Spanish side on Friday, but will be presented as a Real player after completing Austria’s Euro 2020 season.
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba’s move to Real Madrid has been confirmed
The Austrian moves to Spain after playing more than 400 times for Bayern and winning 27 trophies
In a statement on Twitter, Alaba said of his new move: ‘I can’t wait to play my first match in the iconic white jerseys in front of all of you fans in Madrid. I am sure this trip will be a success. Along with all the madridistas. VAMOS! ‘
The Austrian played a key role in Bayern’s winning another Bundesliga title this season, playing 32 of 34 league matches as a center-back.
Alaba, who can also play in central midfield and left back, has helped the Bavarian club win the last nine Bundesliga titles – while also holding two Champions League medals, the most recent coming in 2020.
He admitted earlier this month that leaving Bayern was a difficult decision, but the Austrian “wants to get out of my comfort zone.”
Alaba told Bayern’s official website: “It’s always difficult when something ends and it’s no secret that I’ve always really felt at home here.
Alaba admitted he can’t wait to play for his supporters in Real Madrid white
Alaba (right) has won two Champions Leagues at Bayern, but wants to step out of his comfort zone
‘Of course I will leave Bayern with a tear in my eyes, but at the same time I am also looking forward to my future.
‘It wasn’t a decision against the club, but I decided I wanted to do something new and take another step forward.
To grow, you have to leave your ‘comfort zone’ – and I deliberately put that word in quotation marks because it could potentially be misunderstood.
Alaba has been with Bayern for 13 years and has attended the academy of the Bavarian club
‘At Bayern, expectations on the field are always extreme from the management, in the dressing room or from within yourself. I think you may have to go into the unknown to grow up again. ‘
The defender is moving to the Spanish capital despite Real’s lack of manager following Zinedine Zidane’s departure from the club earlier this week.
Alaba’s arrival in Madrid has sparked speculation about the future of current defender Raphael Varane from Los Blancos, who is closely linked to a £ 60m departure from the club.
Alaba’s move to Real sparks speculation about £ 60 million rated defender Raphael Varane (above)
According to a recent statement by Javier Tebas, La Liga’s president, Real is currently in a ‘financial crisis’, with Varane’s potential exit and the arrival of Alaba appearing as a way to save money while remaining competitive.
According to Spanish news outlet Marca, Madrid’s loss of revenue streams – including matchday sales and broadcast money – has resulted in massive losses, and the club expects losses of around £ 135 million next season when games are played behind closed doors.
Varane, who only has a year to go on his Real contract, has been linked with a move to Chelsea or Manchester United after ten years at the Santiago Bernabeu.