Speaking at a press conference ahead of Austria’s international friendly against Germany, Real Madrid defender David Alaba has made it clear that he is not thinking about moving back to his former club Bayern Munich at this point.
Alaba joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich during the summer transfer window of 2021 and soon became an instant hit at the club.
The Austria captain is closing in on 100 appearances for the Merengues and has chipped in with five goals and eight assists already.
In the time that he has been at the club, Alaba has won every possible trophy with Real Madrid under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti.
Having achieved great success in Madrid, Alaba was asked if he is thinking about moving back to Bayern Munich, where he spent 13 years of his career and made over 400 appearances.
In response, Alaba said (h/t Fabrizio Romano): “I’m not thinking that far ahead. I feel very comfortable in Madrid. I like Real Madrid and I have very clear goals. My thoughts are not anywhere else.”
Alaba still has more than two years left on his contract with Real Madrid which runs until 2026.
The 31-year-old is a permanent fixture in the lineup at the Santiago Bernabeu and it is clear by his words that he is not considering leaving anytime soon.
In fact, if anything, Alaba could be helping the Merengues sign another Bayern Munich player, Alphonso Davies, who is a top target for the club heading into 2024.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.