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David Alaba says he is not at Real Madrid to replace Sergio Ramos

The versatile Alaba, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, will wear the number four shirt that Sergio Ramos sported during his 16-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.

By: Reuters |
Updated: July 22, 2021 7:22:53 am
David Alaba, who plays as a CB or LB, is the captain of Austria. (Reuters)

New Real Madrid defender David Alaba said he has not joined the club with a view to replacing former captain Sergio Ramos.

The versatile Alaba, who arrives on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, will wear the number four shirt that Ramos sported during his 16-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ramos, 35, has joined Paris Saint-Germain.

Alaba insisted that he does not feel any pressure to step into the Spaniard’s shoes.

“We all know Ramos was here for a long time and wore this number, becoming the leader of this team,” he told a news conference.

“But the truth is that yesterday I spoke to the club and they told me that right now it’s the only available squad number, and I didn’t want to start asking other players if they wanted to swap.

“I’m honoured to wear the number four, it’s a source of great pride and motivation for me and I want to do it justice – but I’m not here to compare myself to other players or replace them: I’m here to be David Alaba.”

The 29-year-old Austrian has signed a five-year deal with the 13-time European champions, having previously spent his entire senior career with Bayern where he won 10 Bundesligas, two Champions Leagues and six German Cups.

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