David Alaba has signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid.
The Austrian turned down a new contract at Bayern Munich, bringing his 12-year association with the German giants to an end. Alaba, 28, was determined to experience a new challenge, with a preference for playing in midfield.
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And after months of speculation, Madrid have finally officially announced the deal. The left-sided star has committed for five seasons, and will earn around £200,000-a-week.
Alaba will be officially presented to Real Madrid supporters following the conclusion of Euro 2020, at which he is representing his country. He arrives at Santiago Bernabeu with incredible cup-winning pedigree.
Madrid’s new star won 27 trophies with Bayern Munich, since joining from Austria Wien as a teenager in 2009. Of these, ten were Bundesliga titles – including the last nine in a row. He has also won the Champions League twice, while being named in Uefa’s Team of the Year three times.
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After news emerged last year that he would not be signing a new contract, Alaba was courted by a number of clubs across Europe. These included Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City – as well as Catalan giants Barcelona.
But, after being moved to tears as he said farewell to Bayern following 431 appearances, Alaba opted to join Real Madrid.
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