David Alaba has confirmed he will leave the reigning Champions League and Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, following months of speculation regarding his playing future.
The Austrian international released a statement yesterday, Tuesday, announcing he will leave the German giants once the season concludes.
This will be the end for the highly decorated defender’s journey at the Allianz Arena, whose 13 years at the club saw him become a central figure in their recent success, which includes two Champions League titles as well as nine Bundesliga titles.
The 28-year-old had moved from left-back to a more central role at centre-back in recent seasons but has been unable to make a meaningful impression on current manager Hans-Dieter Flick.
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Rumours as to his next playing destination have been fuelled by the defender’s recent announcement, with both Chelsea and Manchester City among five rumoured clubs who have tabled offers.
Unsurprisingly, attracting Alaba has become a top priority for Europe’s elite, with the defender yet to enter his prime.
Outside of the Premier League, it is believed Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG are still in the running for the Austrian international.
The front runners said to be Los Blancos (read the full report from The Top Flight here). Having made the UEFA team of the year three times Alaba’s ability is unquestioned.
Here are some potential Premier League suitors for Alaba’s signature: