Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has reached a pre-contract agreement with La Liga champions Real Madrid, according to Marca. The 28-year-old will join Zinedine Zidane’s side in the summer once his contract with the European champions expires.
The German giants tried everything possible to agree on a deal with his agent, Pini Zahavi, but all three offers of the club were turned down by November. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had confirmed that negotiations had stopped. “We had a lot of conversations with his agent, there was a final meeting and a proposal with a deadline in October, our offer wasn’t accepted and our president withdrew it,” Rummenigge said.
“We did all we could to reach an agreement, he just had to accept, but it didn’t work out,” he added.
Alaba was also there in the wish list of various clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool. However, he rejected all the approaches in favour of a move to the Spanish capital. He is close to signing the pre-contract agreement on a deal worth around 11 million euros per year, after-tax.
The Austrian will add much-needed depth to the Madrid backline and his versatility is a bonus. He could play as a central defender, left-back and even in the midfield. With question marks surrounding the future of club captain Sergio Ramos and the possible departure of left-back Marcelo, signing Alaba on a free transfer is a smart piece of business by the Los Blancos.
The 28-year-old made his Bayern debut in 2010 and has gone on to make over 400 appearances for the club. He has won 2 Champions League titles, 9 Bundesliga trophies, 6 German Cups , 1 FIFA Club World Cup title and 2 UEFA Supercups with the Bavarian club.