Munich (dpa) - Football professional David Alaba hopes that his future club will mature further.
"Of course I'm leaving FC Bayern with a crying eye, but I'm also looking forward to my future," said the Austrian international, who will leave the German record champions at the end of the season after 13 years after failed contract negotiations with the Munich bosses.
In an interview with the club's own "51", Alaba does not speak about his future employer.
The 28-year-old should be drawn to Real Madrid.
Saying goodbye to FC Bayern was "not a decision against the club," said the two-time triple winner (2013, 2020), who can change for free after his contract expires.
"I've decided for myself that I want to do something new again to take another step forward," said Alaba: "In order to grow, you have to leave your" comfort zone "- and I deliberately put this word in quotation marks Because otherwise it could be misinterpreted: At FC Bayern, the sporting expectations are always extreme, from those responsible, in the dressing room or from yourself. I mean to say that you may have to go into the unknown to go further to mature. "
Eigengewächs Alaba looks back on “incredibly beautiful years” in Munich.
“I came here from Vienna when I was 16, and 13 years later we can look back on almost half of my life.
That actually says it all.
The club is my family, my homeland, my home, ”said the Austrian, who could become German champions for the tenth time ahead of schedule this Saturday with Bayern.
He would then be - level with Thomas Müller - German record champion among the players.
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