David Alaba has completed his move from German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Minich, to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid on Friday, May 28, 2021.
Real Madrid announced on Friday evening that the 28-year-old Austrian center-back will be unveiled after the forthcoming European championship (Euro 2020) which will commence on June 11.
David Alaba who has been playing for Bayern Munich since he was a teenager announced before the end of the 2020-2021 season that he would leave the German club at the end of his contract which is in June this year.
Though he didn’t say why he failed to extend his contract with Bayern Munich despite being an important player of the club, there were speculations that he decided to leave because the club failed to upgrade his weekly wages to the standard of Manuel Neuer (£259,000-per-week), Thomas Müller (£258,000-per-week), Lucas Hernandez (£225,000), or Robert Lewandowski ( £275,000).
Contrary reports claimed that Alaba turned down several attempts by Bayern Munich to extend his contract including an offer worth about €15 million per year.
At the end of the drama, David Alaba decided to leave the club on a season he helped the club to win the German Bundesliga title after scoring two goals and provided 4 assists in 32 league games.
Before he officially announced that he was leaving Bayern Munich, reports had linked him with a move to Real Madrid. He was expected to replace the aging Sergio Ramos who could leave Madrid this summer.
As it stands, David Alaba has landed himself a 5-year deal with Real Madrid. Reports claim that the new deal will fetch the 28-year-old defender £10.5 million per year.
The Austria international will play under a new system at Real Madrid as the club is in search of a new coach after Zinedine Zidane decided to leave the club earlier in the week.
Based on speculations, David Alaba is likely to work under coach Antonio Conte who also left Inter Milan earlier in the week. However, at the time of publishing this report, the next destination of Conte had not been made official.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old center-defender had taken to Twitter to announce to his followers that he has left Bayern Munich for Real Madrid. He described the two sides as special clubs.
He wrote: “I leave a special club for another special club. I am really happy and honored to join Real Madrid. After so many years in Munich, I will face a new challenge and I will give my best to continue the club’s special history.
“I can’t wait to play my first match in the iconic white jerseys in front of all you fans in Madrid. I’m sure that this journey will be a successful one. Together with all Madridistas. VAMOS!”
I can’t wait to play my first match in the iconic white jerseys in front of all you fans in Madrid. I’m sure that this journey will be a successful one. Together with all madridistas. VAMOS!— David Alaba (@David_Alaba) May 28, 2021