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David Alaba Explains Decision to Join Real Madrid

Ali Shibil Roshan
David Alaba
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David Alaba has explained his decision to join Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Alaba left Bayern Munich at the end of the 20-21 season, and the Austrian defender has signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid.

He is one of the world's best defenders and is set to have a key role at Real Madrid, especially after the Spanish club announced Sergio Ramos will leave them at the end of his contract. Another defender Raphael Varane has also been linked with a move away from the La Liga outfit, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain mooted as his potential destination.

When it was confirmed Alaba will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the 20-21 season, the 29-year-old was linked with a host of top European clubs, and he has now now explained why decided to join Real Madrid.

"Real Madrid were at the top of my list of priorities and I decided to go there," Alaba explained at a press conference ahead of Austria's game against Italy [via Marca].

Meanwhile, Alaba also said their Euro 2020 round-of-16 clash with Italy is a 'special game' for the entire country. He said: "It's a special game, not only for me, but for the whole team and the entire country.

"The players come up and ask me how to deal with some situations, but there are also footballers in this team who have played at the highest level. I'm not worried because we are a team with a lot of quality."