Bayern Munich star defender David Alaba has revealed his decision regarding his future amid Bundesliga exit links.
Alaba has spent his entire professional career at Bayern Munich, having come through the ranks after joining the club youth academy in 2008. Since making his senior debut at the Allianz Arena, the versatile defender has made over 490 competitive appearances for the Bavarians, becoming one of the symbols of Bayern’s immense success in the Bundesliga and abroad. During his prolific spell in Bavaria, Alaba has won 24 major accolades, including nine Bundesliga crowns and two Champions League trophies.
Alaba has entered the final six months of his contract at the Allianz and has been locked in talks with the perennial German champions over a potential extension for almost a year now. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been desperate to tie the left-footed defender down to a new deal, but there’s been no breakthrough in the negotiations as of yet. Though many have expected to see Alaba extend his stay at Bayern, the player seems hell-bent on experiencing a new challenge elsewhere.
As it appears, Alaba is determined to leave the Bundesliga for good and try his luck in another top-tier championship. It’s no surprise that a host of Europe’s most prestigious sides have laid their eyes on the Austria international, with Real Madrid reportedly spearheading the quest. Among the most notable clubs in the chasing pack, there are also Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United, with Barcelona and Juventus monitoring the situation from the shadows.
David Alaba is one of three players in history to have won nine Bundesliga titles.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 16, 2021
He was also a member of both of Bayern's treble-winning teams in 2012/13 and 2019/20. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/DPQMiecBCN
Speaking of his plans for the future, Alaba has confessed he has opted for a departure from Germany.
“It was not an easy decision,” Alaba said, via Goal. “I have been here for 13 years, and the association is really close to my heart. I am very grateful to the association for many things.
“I took my time because it’s not an easy decision to make overnight. I decided to do something new – a new challenge. I haven’t made the decision yet (on my new club), that remains to be seen.
“It’s no secret that management is in contact with several clubs. But a lot is being read into it, and I want to concentrate fully on my task here.
“Money has not been a factor in my decision.”
Meanwhile, Bayern have already made their move to replace their outgoing stalwart. One of the most promising young defenders in Europe, Dayot Upamecano, has found a pre-contract with the reigning Bundesliga title-holders and is expected to complete his move in the summer.