Alaba confirms Bayern exit after 13 years

David Alaba will depart Bayern Munich on a free switch on the finish of the 2020-21 season, he confirmed on Tuesday.

Alaba, who has received 9 Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues throughout his time at Bayern, has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea however has not revealed his subsequent transfer.

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“I have made the decision to try something new after this season and to leave the club. It was a difficult decision. I have been here for 13 years. I made so many memories here,” Alaba stated.

“I have not decided what is next for me. I decided to seek a new challenge. That’s why it took time.

“I’ve 5, six, seven years left in my profession. That’s why I made a decision to attempt one thing new.

“It’s no secret my management is in touch with several clubs. I will focus on my task here and will remain in contact with my management.”

His ultimate days on the membership have been overshadowed by his contract scenario with Bayern withdrawing their contract supply within the autumn shortly after former membership president Uli Hoeness accused Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi of being “a money-grabbing piranha.”

Bayern later stated that the door was nonetheless open, however the 28-year-old had already selected a transfer from the Allianz Arena.

Alaba, who additionally received six German cups, 5 German and two European Supercups and two Club World Cups, joined Bayern as a youth participant in 2008 and made his aggressive debut in a 6-2 cup win in opposition to Greuther Furth in February 2010. To date he has made 415 aggressive appearances for the membership and in addition received 76 caps for Austria.

Starting out as a midfielder, he was transformed right into a left-back by Louis van Gaal in 2010 however extra lately he was moved to centre-back, first by Niko Kovac and now by Hansi Flick, following the emergence of Alphonso Davies at left-back.

As a central defender, Alaba has been essential as Bayern first received an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title in 2020 after which started an historic run of silverware, profitable the DFB-Pokal, the Champions League, the European and German Supercup and, lastly, final week the Club World Cup.

At the match in Qatar, Alaba returned to midfield within the ultimate, the place he additionally performed in Monday’s 3-3 draw with Arminia Bielefeld.

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