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David Alaba has confirmed that he will leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Versatile defender Alaba made his way through Bayern’s youth ranks, but will end his 13-year association with the club after the 2020-21 campaign.
The 28-year-old announced his decision at a press conference on Tuesday, although he did not reveal his next destination.
Alaba has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, while Premier League giants Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest.
“I have decided for myself personally to do something new after this season. I will leave the club and it was not an easy decision, it was very difficult because I have been here for 13 years and I identify a lot with this club, it is very close to my heart and I am very grateful to the club for everything, Alaba said at a press conference .
“I have not yet decided which club I am going to join. This will happen in the future.
@David_Alaba: “I have made the decision to leave #FCBayern at the end of this season and try something new. Obviously it was not an easy decision, I have been here for 13 years and the club means a lot to me.#Mia San Mia pic.twitter.com/XJXIkSvYzb
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“In the 13 years I lived incredibly beautiful moments, the treble in 2013, my debut, the treble last season. These are all very difficult moments to describe. The 13 years behind me are difficult to sum up in words. It has been an incredible, beautiful and intense time and I am truly grateful. “
Alaba made his debut in a DFB-Pokal match with Greuther Furth in February 2010, becoming the youngest player in club history at the time and setting up a goal for Franck Ribery within a minute of entering the field.
The Austrian was 17 years, seven months and 18 days old when he made his debut, but Jamal Musiala is now Bayern’s youngest debutant.
Alaba has played 415 games for the Bavarian giants, scoring 33 goals and providing 44 assists in all competitions.
He has accumulated 24 trophies, lifting the Bundesliga trophy nine times and winning the Champions League twice, both European hits coming from triples.