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David Alaba reveals ‘the manager behind his success’

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Since his arrival on a free transfer, David Alaba has become an indispensable part of Real Madrid’s defence. The Austrian international has covered spectacularly after Sergio Ramos’ departure and has been one of, if not the most versatile player, under Carlo Ancellotti.

The former Bayern Munich player is capable of playing at left-back and central midfield, though his main position is at the centre of the defense.

His ability to play in multiple positions is a boon for the manager, but it took Alaba a long time to understand what his best position was on the field.

The defender revealed details about the same in his interview with Die Presse (h/t Fichajes) in which he credits his conversion to a centre-back under Pep Guardiola.

“Pep has always seen something in the players that they themselves did not see. Although I felt comfortable in the centre of defense from the beginning, I did not immediately realize that my future would be there.

“But I think my advantage has always been that can be used in a very flexible way.”

The 29-year-old also revealed that he dreamed of being a striker in his earlier days, before making the switch to the posterior part of the pitch.

“When I was ten years old, I was a center forward at SV Aspern, so I didn’t just dream of scoring goals, in fact I did. In Austria, I was initially on the left wing, then in midfield. I learned a lot from it and gained a lot of experience in the field,” said Alaba.

Alaba has scored one goal and provided three assists so far in La Liga. With 2.5 clearances per game and ten clean sheets, he has proven to be one of the club’s best signings in recent years.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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