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Real Madrid sign David Alaba | sports

David Alaba, a week ago during Bayern-Augsburg.
David Alaba, a week ago during Bayern-Augsburg.CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP

Real Madrid announced this Friday the signing of David Alaba for five seasons. The 28-year-old Austrian defender fulfilled his contract with Bayern and, after refusing to renew with the German club, disembarks at the Bernabéu without the need for a transfer. Left-footed, his natural position in recent years has been central, although he can also act on the left side and in midfield. For a few days he has been concentrating on his team and will be presented after the Eurocup.

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Its arrival means the return of the white entity to the market after a year of quarantine, without any hiring, due to the pressures derived from the pandemic and it is expected that this will be the first of a long list of operations this summer in Chamartín. In fact, with the acquisition of Alaba, the number of centrals in the squad rises to five: Sergio Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Militão and the newcomer.

The continuity of the first three is in the wing: the first ends contract this June and the renewal still does not find a way out after months of stuck negotiations, and the other two have a season left, although the exit is not ruled out. If the Frenchman’s bond is not prolonged, his good cache could be used to make cash at a time when Real Madrid need to enter to face other purchases, especially up front.

Raised in the quarry of Austria in Vienna, almost all of David Alaba’s career in the elite has passed at Bayern, a club he refused to go to a couple of times due to the rejection caused by his arrogance when he faced them in inferior categories. But he finally signed for them. He arrived there when he was 16 years old and, apart from a brief assignment at Hoffenheim, he traveled at full speed up the ladder of the entity: from ball boy and waving the Champions League canvas, to quickly settle in the first team at 17 years old, with the who lifted two European Cups (2013 and 2020), ten Bundesligas and six German cups.

He was already a left-back in one of those European battles between Madrid and Bayern, that of the unforgettable penalty shoot-out in the 2012 Champions League semifinals at the Bernabéu, and with him as the protagonist. Despite being a rookie, he was the first to pitch and fool Casillas. Then Ramos appeared and the story took an unforeseen turn. That title, after that night, escaped him at home against Chelsea de Drogba, but not the following year against Dortmund. Since then, he has been a fixture for everyone who passed through the Munich bench. In total, 449 games, 35 goals and 47 assists. He stood out as a left-back with Louis van Gaal, but quickly Pep Guardiola began to use him in very varied positions, including the axis of defense. “I did not know that I could play central,” came to recognize the footballer.

“I would like to do something new and go one step further. To grow you have to get out of your comfort zone. I think maybe you have to go into the unknown to mature, “he recently said in the official Bayern media in a farewell interview. He himself had publicly announced his departure at the beginning of the year after not accepting Bayern’s renewal offers and commented naturally that he was then opening a period of talks with other clubs. The declarations of love from Bayern president and legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge were of no use: “David is the black Franz Beckenbauer. He is the first player since Franz – with whom I had the privilege of playing – able to take the reins of the entire team from the center of defense. He has developed the same character. We have been missing a boss behind us for a while. Someone to set the tone. He has done it. “

There was no going back in the player and the chosen destination was Real Madrid, with whom the agreement was taken for granted days ago. The defender was looking for a turn in his sporting life and the white club, the same. “Madrid also need a change,” said its president, Florentino Pérez, a month ago in those troubled days in which he defended the Super League. After the competition, things started very quickly at the Valdebebas offices. Every day, news: the renewal of Modric, the second scare of Zinedine Zidane and the reception of Alaba. And on the merengue agenda there are still many pending questions: the search for an attacker, the renewal or not of Lucas Vázquez, the possible games of Marcelo, Isco and Mariano, what is going to happen with the ceballos and Odegaard, how the Return of Gareth Bale or who knows if any operation with Hazard, in addition to the cases of Sergio Ramos and Varane.

Son of a Nigerian father, dj and singer in his day of the group Two in One, and of a Filipino mother who won a beauty pageant in her country, his family has distinguished itself by its religiosity. Outside of the lawn, fashion is another of David Alaba’s interests. He has a signature (DA27) and has been seen in various parades. After the Euro Cup, he will land on the Real Madrid catwalk.

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