David Alaba has confirmed his 13 year stay at Bayern Munich will come to an end this summer when his contract expires with the Bundesliga side.
Alaba joined the German champions in 2008 after coming through the ranks of Austria Vienna and played for their youth and academy teams before making his first team debut in 2010. He quickly became a regular and has been ever since, despite constant interest from other top clubs across Europe.
But the 28-year-old has officially confirmed now that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season for a new challenge after mounting speculation.
Speaking in a club press conference, Alaba said;
“I have made the decision to leave FC Bayern at the end of this season and try something new. It obviously wasn’t an easy decision – I’ve been here for 13 years and the club means a lot to me.
I am looking for a new challenge. It wasn’t a financial decision. I still have six to seven years to play football and now I wanted to try something new.
“Of course I took my time, after 13 years it’s not an easy decision. I then decided for myself to try something new.”
Bayern have already moved to replace Alaba, announcing the signing of Dayot Upamecano on a five-year contract after agreeing to pay his €42.5m release clause to RB Leipzig.
With rumours rife that Alaba will be joining Real Madrid this summer, the Austria captain refused to confirm that and said that he had not decided yet where he will be playing next season.
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has a very good relationship with his agent Pini Zahavi and there are suggestions that the Catalan side could try to hijack the move. With that said, they would need to wait for the results of the presidential campaign which was recently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another thing that could have a say in where Alaba ends up is the future of Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid captain has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu at the end of his contract this summer and while this speculation isn’t new, there seems to be more to it this time than on previous occasions.
Even if Ramos stays at the club, the future of his fellow defender Raphael Varane is also up in the air.
The World Cup winner is due to enter the final two years of his contract and is reportedly considering a move elsewhere having spent ten years in the Spanish capital.
With finances tight due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Madrid are aware that they could likely get a pretty big fee for Varane in the summer and are reportedly considering cashing in. Should he leave, Alaba would come in as an immediate replacement with no money spent and it would help them to balance their books.
All of that is up in the air now, but one thing is for sure. David Alaba won’t be playing for Bayern Munich next season.