Real Madrid have unveiled new defender David Alaba after the defender passed his medical, with the Austrian handed Sergio Ramos’ old number four jersey.
Los Blancos announced they had signed Alaba on a free transfer in May with his Bayern Munich contract set to expire, and after losing their legendary Spanish captain to PSG, his arrival will come as a welcome boost.
The 29-year-old was pictured undergoing his medical before his move could be rubber stamp, and gave the thumbs up inside the medical facility after all his checks were given the green light.
David Alaba (left) has finally been unveiled as a Real Madrid player after leaving Bayern Munich
He was then called to a presentation at the Bernabeu alongside president Florentino Perez – as tradition with all major signings at the club – and admitted his pride to wear the white shirt of Madrid.
‘Hello everyone, thank you very much for the warm welcome. It’s a great day in my career, I’m very excited for it.
‘I’m very proud and honoured to wear this white jersey of Real Madrid. For sure I will give everything [so] we can be very successful together. Vamos! Hala Madrid!’
Club chief Perez said he hoped the arrival of Alaba would make fans excited and called him ‘an extraordinary footballer’, challenging him to become part of the club’s history.
‘Whenever great players arrive, Madridistas have special enthusiasm,’ he said. ‘The arrival of this magnificent player coincides with a great era with the return of Ancelotti. We want our fans to be proud of our team.
‘We welcome an extraordinary footballer, David Alaba. I want to thank you for choosing Madrid. You come from one of the great clubs in the world, a friendly club in which you have won 28 titles. You are one of the great legends of Bayern.
‘You arrive in Madrid with the highest recognition in the world of football. You now face an exciting challenge, to add titles with Madrid and be part of the history of our club. Welcome to the club with which you dream of getting new titles, welcome to your new home.’
Alaba will go down in Bayern’s history having helped them win 10 Bundesliga titles
Real Madrid will hope Alaba’s winning mentality will help him adapt quickly to life in Madrid
Alaba – who arrived off the plane to Madrid on Tuesday – faces a tough task to live up to the legacy of Ramos – who played 671 times for the club and enjoyed a trophy laden spell that saw him win 11 major trophies.
At his farewell, an emotional Ramos broke down in tears and stressed that it was never his intention to depart, revealing a contract extension offer had been taken off the table.
‘The offer was accepted but it had a use-by date’ said the former Real Madrid captain. ‘They informed us a week ago that the offer had run-out.
But he has big shoes to fill after the emotional departure of long-serving captain Sergio Ramos
‘I don’t know why it had an expiry date. Maybe I interpreted it wrongly or I didn’t understand it but no one told me.
‘This is a see you soon more than a goodbye. Sooner or later I will be back. And I will always keep Madrid in my heart.’
Alaba will bring with him a winning mentality that the club crave having inspired Bayern Munich to 10 Bundesliga triumphs and two Champions League victories.
He will go down as a Bayern icon having played 431 games for the Bavarian outfit since joining from Austria Wien in 2008.