David Alaba has quickly become a fixture of the Real Madrid defense after being there for six months, but before that he had a highly regarded career with Bayern Munich that needs no introduction.
The name of Alaba is synonymous with FC Bayern and the My San Mia mentality, having worked his way through the club’s youth teams before breaking through to the seniors in 2010. His last two years at the club were also the best in club history, having secured the ‘sextuple’ after a season that was temporarily interrupted due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a recent interview with GQ, Alaba explained that after such a long stint at Bayern, it was time to experience something different in his career and that Real Madrid has always been a dream destination for him, even as a child. “After 13 years at the same club, I wondered what to do next. The penultimate season was the best in FC Bayern history, we won six titles. I wondered what I wanted to do. And in the end I decided to change, take on a new challenge and not take the easy road,” he explained (Sport Bild).
Bayern left no stone unturned in its bid to keep Alaba at the club. A lot of noise had come out suggesting that Alaba’s wage demands were far too high for what Bayern were willing to offer to get him to sign a contract extension, but he was sure he wanted to finally experience something different while he was still at the highest level. Even a significant salary increase may not have been enough to convince him to stay longer. From Bayern’s perspective it was still a enormous lose to lose a player of Alaba’s stature and quality for free after trying everything to make him stay.
When Real Madrid come calling to you, which Alaba escaped, it’s an incredibly difficult opportunity to show how historic the club is. “When you grow up with football, you know that Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world, so nothing surprised me when I came here,” Alaba said. “Real Madrid is always in the headlines when you have anything to do with football. I’m still hungry and aiming for the maximum, so I think I’m in the best position possible to achieve personal and shared goals,” he continued. .
So far, the Austria international has made a total of 22 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions, with two goals and three assists to boast of, having played mainly as a centre-back, with a few cameos at left-back. His most recent display came in the form of Real’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby, where he did exceptionally well to keep Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha and Luis Suarez quiet. He is not showing any signs of slowing down at any point in the near future.