Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has confirmed that he will leave the Bundesliga giants after 13 years at the club.
Alaba made the move to Munich in 2008 after coming through Austria Wien’s youth side and has since gone on to make over 260 appearances for the club.
In that time the Austrian international has won nine Bundesliga titles, six German Cup trophies and two Champions Leagues.
As such, the 28-year-old’s decision to leave Munich may come as a surprise to some, considering the consistent success Alaba has enjoyed in Germany for most of his career.
Why is Alaba leaving Bayern now?
As the famous (and incorrect) quote goes: “When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.” And as such it’s not impossible to imagine why Alaba may be spurred on to test himself in a different league.
From a very young age the Austrian international has been a regular and consistent performer under numerous head coaches at Bayern and aside from a brief fight from Borussia Dortmund, the defender has been part of a squad that have defeated all before them in domestic competition.
Indeed, to excuse the Bundesliga’s other clubs for a moment, it’s also worth bearing in mind that in that period Alaba’s Bayern side have also made it to four Champions League finals, winning two of them. So the defender’s success has certainly expanded beyond the borders of Germany.
While some reports suggest that the Austrian defender has been tempted abroad by money, it’s far more likely that Alaba is more interested in testing himself in a new league and against new opponents. Which is why he’s decided to move on.
Will Alaba join Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Barcelona or Real Madrid?
According to numerous reports across the German media, Alaba has been approached by numerous clubs across Europe with contract offers.
Bild and Sport1 seem to agree that among the Premier League contingency, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City lead the way. While La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also routinely linked with making a move for the player.
The Daily Telegraph recently reported that Alaba was demanding a salary of no less than £400,000 per week, which not only ruled Chelsea out of the equation but would almost certainly prove to be too high a figure for Liverpool. Indeed, if that is the case then Man City may be on the only option for Alaba.
However, the one club that has been consistently linked to Alaba from the beginning and are indeed a team he has supported his entire career are Madrid. And while it’s unlikely that the Spanish giants could afford the numbers mentioned by the English press, it still seems likely that Alaba will find a way to agree terms with Los Blancos. For now, they remain in pole position.