The first signing of Real Madrid for the following season, David Alaba joined the team and in his presentation he was optimistic about the future with the merengue team
David Alaba, Real Madrid defender, said this Wednesday during his official presentation as a new player for the white team, that the shirt with the number ‘4’ that he will wear this season that he will inherit from Sergio Ramos represents “strength and leadership” although he made it clear that it is not compared “with others”.
Alaba will wear a historic number at Real Madrid in the last decade. Asked why he chose that number and what it means for him to wear it on the field, he praised the figure of Ramos and assured that he will try to print his own character in white.
“I spoke to the club about this and they offered me this number. There was no other large number available. I know what this number means and it is an honor to wear it. It is also something that motivates me a lot. It is a number that represents strength and leadership. I want to. give everything, “he declared.
“I have not come to Madrid to compare myself with others. I am here to continue being David Alaba. But I want to contribute my abilities. I will try to contribute my strengths. On a human level I’m going to try to be myself, “he added.
Alaba recalled that Ramos played “a decade” at Real Madrid showing a high level of football and showing leadership with number four, “something that is present in everyone’s head.”
“On Tuesday they spoke to me and it was a number available. I did not want to ask other players if they let him free. I feel honored, it is a great motivation for me. I want to honor him. I am not here to compare myself with others, I want to repeat it”, manifested.
“I would have loved to play with Ramos. For a decade he has been successful and is a leader. It would have been a pleasure for me to play with him and learn from him. I would also love to play with Varane, he is a player who has played excellent football for many years. He is a player who is a great defender and has very good qualities, “he added.
In addition, he declared that playing for Real Madrid is a “dream” that he fulfills because it is the most important club in the world. For this reason, he is “proud” to have signed for the Madrid team and acknowledged that he is “looking forward” to wearing the white shirt.
“I personally decided to take this step to grow as a player and as a person. I received different offers and for me there was an option that was Real Madrid. It is a dream come true, it is the biggest club in the world. It’s the challenge I was looking for. “
Asked if he felt the departure of Zinedine Zidane, he acknowledged that he was “saddened” by the departure of the French coach, but acknowledged that he was also “very happy” that Carlo Ancelotti was his replacement because he knows him from his time at Bayern and maintains ” an excellent relationship. “
Likewise, he did not reveal what preferences he has when playing in a position and left the decision on the place he will occupy on the pitch in the hands of the Real Madrid coach.
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“SI hear a player that I am flexible. It’s no secret, I can play in different positions. The decision of where I can play corresponds exclusively to the coach“.
On whether he would like Kylian Mbappé to sign for Real Madrid, he said that the French forward of Paris Saint-Germain is a “world-class player” with enormous quality, although he emphasized that other people should be asked about his possible signing for the club chaired by Florentino Pérez.
Finally, he stressed that he intends to learn to speak Spanish: “I know some words, at Bayern we had Spanish players in our team. I have not learned much yet, but I will learn the language as soon as possible to communicate with my teammates”, ended.