The move that was on the cards for months has finally happened for David Alaba, as he moves on a free transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Bayern Munich legend made a total of 431 appearances for die Roten across a 12 season spell, after moving to their academy in 2009 from Austria Wien II. He fulfilled roles as a left-back, centre-back, defensive midfielder and winger for his team, while always operating as a regular regardless of the man in charge. The move comes a day after Bayern Munich signed left-footed Reading defender Omar Richards, who the Bavarians may be looking at as a long-term Alaba replacement.
Still only 28 years-old, David Alaba has so much of his career ahead of him, and it’s quite remarkable that Bayern Munich did not do more to keep hold of the Austrian defender. He was reaching his peak form in a new centre-back position under Hansi Flick, and was massively important to their Champions League victory last year. However, for whatever reason it seemed inevitable that Alaba and the club were mutually prepared to let his contract run down right to the very end, where he would become available for the likes of Real Madrid to swoon over.
Los Blancos swooped in as expected and secured the Austrian on a 5-year-contract, that should keep him at the club until the age of 33. The move helps to fill what was becoming an increasingly large gap for Zidane’s team at centre-half, with Sergio Ramos’ career dwindling down and clubs circling around Raphael Varane. Although Eder Militao impressed in Ramos’ absence last campaign, another central defender was of massive importance to the team heading into 2021-22. In David Alaba, they’ve signed one of the very best, and someone who, let’s not forget, can also play as a left-back. For Bayern Munich it’s slightly strange business, but for David Alaba and Real Madrid, their newfound relationship with each other should prove to be one that breads success and more trophies in an already congested cabinet for the Austrian.