Disappointment as 2-time Champions League winner shuns Chelsea, others

Disappointment as 2-time Champions League winner shuns Chelsea, others

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
January 20, 2021 at 12:02 AM

- David Alaba seems to have made up his mind to join Real Madrid

- The 28-year-old will become a free agent at the end of this season

- Chelsea, Barcelona, Liverpool, and PSG were all linked with a move for him

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Spanish League giants Real Madrid have reportedly beaten the Premier League duo of Chelsea and Liverpool to the signing of veteran Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.

The 28-year-old Austrian seems to have agreed to join Los Blancos after signing a pre-contract with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard had been linked with a move for the two-time Champions League winner whose deal expires at the end of the ongoing season.

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Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City also showed interest in the experienced player but it ended up that they were not serious with their chase for him.

Disappointment as 2-time Champions League winner shuns Chelsea, Barcelona, others and join Real Madrid
David Alaba surrounded by three Real Madrid players during their UEFA Champions League semifinal meeting on May 1, 2018. Photo by Etsuo Hara.
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The Catalans' excuse was that they will not be able to pay his wages in spite of a chance to land such a valuable player on a free transfer in the summer.

Alaba will now join the Galacticos on a four-year deal as a free agent while he earns a staggering £186,000-a-week during his stay at the club as reported by SunSport quoting Spanish outlet AS.

The publications further revealed that the player has already passed medicals in the presence of Real staff.

Meanwhile, Alaba refused to extend his Bayern contract and will leave after ten years with the German giants. He has played 22 times in all competitions this season.

He has already won 23 trophies - including nine Bundesliga titles and he could add to his tally before leaving if they end up with silverware again this term.

The versatile ace has played at left-back, centre-back, and centre-midfield in his time at Bayern with 32 goals and 49 assists in 408 appearances across competitions. earlier reported that Premier League defending champions Liverpool have offered Bayern Munich veteran David Alaba a staggering £9m-a-year contract.

The Reds are planning to beat top Spanish League giants to the signing of the Austrian whose deal with the German League outfit expires this summer.

Although the Bavarians haven't given up hopes of persuading the 28-year-old defender to extend his reign at the club with about six months to the expiration of his current deal with them.

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