Real announced on Friday evening that Alaba had signed a five-year contract until the summer of 2026. According to Spanish media reports, the Viennese receives around 12.5 million euros net for this. The hand money for his signature should amount to 20 million euros. After the end of the defensive all-rounder’s contract with Bayern Munich, the Madrilenians didn’t have to pay a transfer fee.
“The last weeks and months have been very intense – also somewhere emotional,” said Alaba, who left Bayern after 13 years and ten German championship titles. He decided for Real some time ago. Finally, only details had to be clarified. “I knew from the start that when I left Bayern Munich I was going in that direction.”
Alaba becomes a “royal”
It’s been official since Friday – David Alaba will appear for Real Madrid in the coming season. The Viennese signed a contract with the Spanish record champions until 2026.
“That is something special”
The Madrilenians are “at the top” of football history. Many young players dreamed of playing for Real Madrid. “That’s something special.” Real had only announced the departure of coach Zinedine Zidane on Thursday. The question of succession is just as open as the future of captain Sergio Ramos. “The situation is not that easy to assess. But I’m sure that they have that well under control, ”said Alaba on the subject. What position he will hold with the Madrilenians is open. “That will find out in the future. First and foremost, they know that I can play several positions. “
While Alaba has easily strolled from championship title to championship title with Bayern in recent years, the national competition at Real is greater. Most recently, the “Royal” only finished second behind their city rivals Atletico, plus there are FC Barcelona and FC Sevilla, which fought for first place almost until the end of the season. “Bayern have always been one level above the other and constant in recent years. It was a very exciting season in Spain – it’s a top league, everyone knows that. That’s why I’m looking forward to it, “said Alaba.
Alaba is already learning Spanish
The ÖFB star says he is already learning Spanish (“A few words will work, but it still takes a little”), is already in contact with Real left-back Marcelo and expects to broaden his horizons. “The factor that I want to develop as a person, want to see a new culture, want to learn a new language has also been included.”
The young father – Alaba has a one-and-a-half-year-old son – currently has to do without his family, after all, preparations for the European Championship are pending in a “corona bubble”. “The anticipation is huge, we are very hot and everyone is happy to be together,” said Alaba. This time, in contrast to 2016, the group stage should be survived.
Opening win at EM would be important
“Five years ago it was frustrating somewhere, anything but nice. Of course we want to do better this time. ”In this regard, a win in the ÖFB opening match on June 13 in Bucharest against North Macedonia would be half the battle. “It is valuable for self-confidence when you start successfully in a tournament,” said Alaba.
At the EM 2016, the Viennese hit the bar after a few seconds in the first game against Hungary. Alaba may have adjusted its visor a few centimeters better against the North Macedonians after his professional future has now been clarified. “It’s nice for me personally that I can now be clear in my head and focus on the essentials,” said the neo-Spain legionnaire.