David Alaba will leave FC Bayern Munich for a free transfer at the end of the 2020/21 season, he confirmed on Tuesday.
Alaba, who won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles during his time at Bayern, has been linked to Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea but has not announced his next move.
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“I made the decision to try something new after this season and leave the club. It was a difficult decision. I’ve been here for 13 years. I have so many memories here,” said Alaba.
“I haven’t decided what’s next for me. I’ve decided to look for a new challenge, so it took some time.
“I have five, six, seven years left in my career, so I decided to try something new.
“It is no secret that my management is in contact with several clubs. I will concentrate on my job here and stay in contact with my management.”
His last days at the club were overshadowed by his contract situation with Bayern, who withdrew their contract offer in autumn shortly after former club president Uli Hoeneß accused Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi of being “a greedy piranha”.
Bayern later said the door was still open, but the 28-year-old had already decided to move out of the Allianz Arena.
Alaba, who also won six German cups, five German and two European Supercups and two Club World Cups, came to Bayern as a youth player in 2008 and made his debut in February 2010 in a 6-2 cup win against Greuther Furth. He has 415 competitive games for contested the club and won 76 international matches for Austria.
David Alaba played for Bayern Munich in one of the most successful times in its history. Harry Langer / DeFodi Images via Getty Images
He started as a midfielder and was converted to left-back by Louis van Gaal in 2010. More recently, he made the move to center-back, first from Niko Kovac and now from Hansi Flick after Alphonso Davies appeared on the left. back.
As a central defender, Alaba was crucial as Bayern won an eighth straight Bundesliga title for the first time in 2020 and then began a historic run with silverware. They won the DFB-Pokal, the Champions League, the European and German Supercup and finally the Club World Cup last week.
At the tournament in Qatar, Alaba returned to midfield in the final, where he played in a 3-3 draw against Arminia Bielefeld on Monday.