Bayern Munich’s versatile defender David Alaba has finally admitted that he will leave the club at the end of this season. The Austrian stated this in a press conference yesterday.
According to Sports Mole, the out-settled defender is understood to have rebuffed Bayern’s attempts to tie him down to a new deal, and he will seek pastures new when his existing deal expires in June of this year. He also admitted that it’s not been “an easy” decision for him to decide to call time on his Bayern Munich career after 13 years with the Bavarian giants.
“I decided after this season (I want) to do something new, to leave the club,” the 28-year-old told a news conference a day after their 3-3 draw against Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga.
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If reports are to be believed, Alaba’s next career move remains shrouded in uncertainty, but Real Madrid are said to be his favorite destination, although Chelsea reportedly are in the contention for centre-back as well.
“The decision of where the trip will go next has not yet been made,” Alaba said. “But I wanted a challenge, to develop as a player on and off the pitch. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone.“What will also influence my decision is where can I continue playing successful football,” adding his agent was already in talks with several clubs without providing any further details.
With the official confirmation nailed down, the rumors quickly circulated about where Alaba would go next and according to Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio, the Austrian will head to Real Madrid on a four-year deal worth €10 million (net) per season.
During his “decision” press conference yesterday, Alaba also gave a bit of a hint on at least one of his potential destinations:
The Austrian is set to be replaced in the squad by Dayot Upamecano, after the club announced the France international’s £38 million summer move to the Allianz Arena earlier this week.
Bayern in November withdrew a contract offer for Alaba, who has been at the club since junior level in 2008 after talks dragged on for months over the player’s annual salary. He has played as both full-back and centre-back as well as down the wing in the past and has been a starter for almost a decade as well as a fan favourite.
Alaba has been hugely successful at Bayern, having won more than two dozen titles including two Champions League trophies, nine league titles, and six German Cups as well as two Club World Cup crowns.