Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has reached an agreement to join Spanish giants Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer. He will sign a four-year deal with the club in the coming weeks.
Fulfilling A Dream
Alaba’s move brings an end to a trophy-laden 13-year spell with perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, with whom he has enjoyed unqualified success. However, the Austrian international’s dream has always been to play for Real Madrid and that’s where he’s headed.
According to reports, he rejected contract offers from several top European clubs including current EPL champions Liverpool and French Champions PSG, among others. The highly decorated defender had been offered contract extensions on three separate occasions by his club but the player’s mind was set on a new challenge.
A pre-contract agreement has been drafted and will be signed by the defender after he passes his medical. The 28-year-old has been offered a deal worth €230,000 (£204,000) after tax.
Sergio Ramos’s Situation and Mario Mandzukic
Since he joined Bayern Munich’s academy from Austria Vienna in 2008, Alaba has lifted nine league titles and two Champions League titles during his time at the club.
The deal has no significance towards Sergio Ramos’s future at the club. The Real Madrid captain is still locked in negotiations with the La Liga champions over a contract extension.
Meanwhile, former Alaba’s teammate who scored the winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final will return to Europe with Serie A leaders AC Milan. This news was confirmed by their head coach Stefan Pioli after Milan’s win on Monday over Cagliari.
“When the club proposed it to me, I immediately said yes,” Pioli said. “I spoke to him, he’s very motivated, he’s a winner. I’m happy, the club is ambitious, they want Milan back on top. Mandzukic’s arrival goes into this situation.”