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OFFICIAL: David Alaba signs for Real Madrid

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The versatile player joins Real Madrid as a free agent.

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It’s official. Real Madrid have signed David Alaba, who joins the club on a five-year deal as a free agent. Alaba, who will turn 29 years old this summer, has been a crucial player for Bayern Munich during this past decade and can play as a left-back, as a center-back and also as a midfielder.

Real Madrid C. F. has reached an agreement with David Alaba for the player to join the club for the next five seasons.

David Alaba will be unveiled as a new Real Madrid player after the end of the 2021 European Championship.
Source: Realmadrid.com

Alaba’s versatility will definitely be needed next season and whoever Real Madrid’s next coach is, he will surely be happy to count on a player like him. Right now, it looks like Alaba’s most likely role could be as a central defender, given that both Sergio Ramos and Varane could leave the club this summer.

He could also compete with Mendy for a spot as a left-back, but academy player Miguel Gutierrez has shown enough promise to probably earn that chance next season.

Either way, Alaba is a great player who will be able to replace many different players when injuries or suspensions happen. His experience would also make him a quality starter wherever he’s deployed, so signing him as a free agent makes total sense.