David Alaba has signed a three-year contract extension with Bayern Munich, keeping the 23-year old at the club until 30th June 2021, as of Friday morning.
It's an understatement to say Bayern's chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, was exuberant with the extension: "David Alaba is an FC Bayern youth product, so we are especially delighted at his signature today keeping him here at least until 2021, he is one of the players who gives our current team its character." Rummenigge praised his strong mentality and positive attitude, "The way he plays, but also how he conducts himself away from the field, are the embodiment of FC Bayern. He will continue to be one of the cornerstones of our team in the years to come.”
Moreover, Bayern's deputy chairman, Jan-Christian Dreesen, "We are delighted we’ve been able to conclude this important contract so swiftly and for the long term," and praised the good fortunes that will surely surround the club for many years to come, "Following our agreements with Thomas Müller (2021), Jérôme Boateng (2021), Javi Martínez (2021) and Thiago [Alcântara] (2019), FC Bayern has secured another important player for the future of the team.”
Alaba voices his own feelings
"I’m proud that I’ll continue to play for my club," boasts the fullback, "I grew up at FC Bayern and I’ve experienced unbelievably wonderful moments here. We’re all hungry to add further trophies to the ones we’ve already won.”
And rightfully so, the versatile prospect has gone from strength-to-strength every season since making his debut in early 2010 in a 6-2 demolition of SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Upon coming on as a substitute, the Austrian international became Bayern's youngest ever player to feature in a competitive fixture at the age of 17 years, 7 months and 8 days.
After his stint loan at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in 2011, Alaba returned to Bayern as a key cog in a well-oiled machine. Trophy-collecting has really been more of a hobby, winning the DFB-Pokal three times, the Bundesliga four times and one UEFA Champions League, in the treble-winning season of 2013/14. 127 appearances for the senior side at just 23 is all that needs to be said of his crucial nature to the German champions.
What very much goes under the radar is that Alaba has won the Austrian Footballer of the Year competition, a record five times, in a row. Undoubtedly, an impressive feat for such a young player.
What is well-known, however, is that David Alaba has a big, big future ahead of him, one paved with many trophies, records and memories.