David Alaba hopes to form a defensive alliance with Raphael Varane at Real Madrid, despite speculation linking the French international to Manchester United.
Alaba joined Real Madrid on a free transfer after a decorated spell with Bayern Munich, during which he won a staggering 27 trophies.
The Austrian international was introduced to the media in the Spanish capital on Wednesday, where it was revealed that he would inherit the number four shirt from Sergio Ramos, who joined Paris Saint-Germain after a career-defining association with Los Blancos. .
This in itself was a point of intrigue, but Alaba also turned to Varane, who he hopes won’t follow Spain’s veteran center-back out the Santiago Bernabeu’s exit gate.
“I would have liked to play with Ramos, of course,” he told reporters. “He is a leader, it would have been a pleasure.
“Varane, of course I would like to play with him. He is a player who played excellent football.
“He is a great defender and has excellent qualities. “
Alaba explained that he spoke with Ramos about hiring his famous jersey number.
“Ramos has been here for a decade and played very well in football wearing this number and became a leader,” he said. “It is something that is present in everyone’s head.
“He spoke to me. I was told it’s the latest available number and I didn’t want to ask other players for their number. I feel honored and it is a great motivation for me ”.
While a difficult season closing transfer market and Madrid’s relatively precarious state of finances seem obvious hurdles, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe continues to be linked to the club.
Alaba was on the side of the winners when Bayern beat PSG in the 2020 Champions League final, but Mbappe excelled when the Ligue 1 giants deposited the European champions in last season’s quarter-finals.
The French striker’s 42 goals in all competitions last season put him second only to Robert Lewandowski (48) in the five major European leagues.
“He is a world-class player and has enormous qualities, this is something indisputable,” added Alaba.
“I think it’s something that doesn’t concern me. This question should be addressed to other people ”.