David Alaba may have sealed his dream move to Real Madrid earlier in the summer, but it has come at a cost as he appears to have upset some important individuals by making that decision.
Of course, it can be incredibly difficult to turn down a move to a club as big as the Spanish giants despite being at one of the biggest clubs in the world already, but when it appears to have come down to money, then some might be feeling a little bitter.
Naturally, it would be hard to argue against what the 28-year-old versatile defender for his reasons to join the Spanish side, but that did not appear to stop outgoing Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, from aiming a dig at their former player.
He told Kicker magazine (via Daily Mail): ‘I think very few people in this existential crisis understand when a professional footballer already earns 15 million a year and then is not satisfied with 19.5 million.’
Although he did not specifically mention Alaba in his first comment, it was posed to him as to whether he was, indeed, speaking about the Austria international, Rummenigge continued to keep things as generic as possible.
“We generally have to find a balance between the base and the economic component, we mustn’t forget the football fan just because they haven’t been to the stadium for a year. Football has always had a connecting element,” he continued.
Indeed, it is always going to be hard to see a player who has been incredibly successful in his 13 years with the club leave for a European rival, especially on a free, whilst it can be extremely hard for Julian Nagelsmann to replace him as one of the first tasks he will have when he arrives at the Allianz Arena.
The Austrian had played for Die Roten from 2008 and has gone on to win 27 different titles during his career with the club, with 10 Bundesliga titles and two UEFA Champions League titles. Indeed, the player played key roles in obtaining each of those titles which is why the German outfit were always a favoured bet for those using max free bets for all of their betting needs.
However, when speaking about his move to Real Madrid, Alaba revealed that they were always his first choice despite a number of England’s Premier League clubs also being incredibly keen to acquire his services.
‘I wasn’t approached by many clubs, but Real Madrid were at the top of my list. Alaba told German newspaper Bild.
‘Like Bayern Munich, they are one of the biggest clubs in the world, with a special history and tradition.
‘There have been so many great players in Real Madrid’s history and so many great victories and trophies.
‘I want to join and continue this successful story with the club and the fans.
‘It will be a new chapter in life for my family and for me. I want to develop personally and professionally, and that’s precisely why I’m coming to Madrid.’