Alaba officially announces his departure from Bayern ... and an initial agreement with Real Madrid
Austrian international defender David Alaba, the most prominent pillar of Bayern Munich, the German champion in the last nine years, announced his official departure from the Bavarian club at the end of the season, without revealing his next destination.
"I have taken a decision to take on a new challenge after this season, I will leave the club," the 28-year-old said today at a press conference from Munich.
Media reports stated that Alaba, who is coming to Bayern at the age of sixteen and crowned with 26 titles, will move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, the Spanish, and even the Spanish newspaper "Marca" confirmed that he had reached an informal and principled agreement with Real.
Alaba denied that his departure was linked to huge financial requirements, as former club president Uli Hoeness hinted.
Alaba played 415 matches with Bayern, but he rejected his club's attempts to extend his contract.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenia said: "He was always a great person. He did everything he could for Bayern."
"He is a serious person, loved and loved by everyone. He deserves to be treated well until the last day with Bayern. We will split in complete agreement."
Alaba admitted, "It was not an easy decision to take, because Bayern is my family. But my goal is to develop every year and get out of my comfort zone."
Alaba, who is able to occupy several positions (back, center back, and focal point) played a major role in Bayern's successes over the past decade, most notably his twice European Champions League title (2013 and 2020) and nine titles in the domestic league.
After starring on the left corridor behind the French wing, Franck Ribery, last season appeared in the heart of the defense to contribute to a historic six for the club, the last of which was in the World Cup a few days ago.
Bayern announced a few days ago that he had signed a contract, starting from the end of the season, with 22-year-old Leipzig defender Daewoo Obamikano, with a deal estimated at 43 million euros.
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