World news – It’s official: David Alaba is leaving Bayern Munich after 13 years

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The announcement came two days after Bayern signed French defender Dayot Upamecano from Leipzig with a five-year contract.

Published: February 16, 2021 21:04 |

Last updated: February 16, 2021 at 9:04 p.m.

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MUNICH: David Alaba will leave FC Bayern Munich when his contract with the Bundesliga club expires at the end of the season after 13 years. This makes him one of the most sought-after free agents in European football.

The Austrian, who can play in defense and midfield, said on Tuesday that he has not yet signed a new club.

« First of all, I want to have a new challenge, « he said. « I want to develop myself as a player. »

The announcement came two days after Bayern signed French defender Dayot Upamecano from Leipzig with a five-year contract. He will likely be a replacement for Alaba, who was almost exclusively used by coach Hansi Flick in defense.

In addition to nine German titles – and a high probability of a 10th this season – Alaba won six times in 2013 and last year won the German Cup and the Champions League with Bayern.

Alaba said he thought he could play for another four to seven years and had « thought about what my career might look like » during that time. Media reports in various countries have linked Alaba with a possible move to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or the Premier League.

Alaba joined Bayern in 2008 and came through the club’s youth and reserve teams. The 28-year-old Austrian has played 415 games for Bayern in all competitions and has started except for two league games for the team this season.

Alaba and Bayern were in talks about a new contract, but the club said in November that the negotiations had failed. The talks came into the spotlight in September when the honorary president of Bavaria, Uli Hoeneß, described Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi as a « greedy piranha » on television. Alaba was dismayed by the comments.

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