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David Alaba will leave FC Bayern Munich for a free transfer at the end of the 2020/21 season, he confirmed on Tuesday

Alaba, who won nine Bundesliga and two Champions League titles during his time at Bayern, has been linked to Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea but has not announced his next move

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“I made the decision to try something new after this season and leave the club. It was a difficult decision I’ve been here for 13 years I’ve had so many memories here,” said Alaba

“I haven’t decided what’s next for me. I decided to look for a new challenge so it took me a while

“I have five, six, seven years left in my career so I decided to try something new

“It is no secret that my management is in contact with several clubs. Here I will concentrate on my job and stay in contact with my management”

His last days at the club were overshadowed by his contract situation, in which Bayern withdrew their contract offer in the autumn, shortly after former club president Uli Hoeneß accused Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi of being “a greedy piranha”

Bayern later said the door was still open, but the 28-year-old had already decided to move out of the Allianz Arena

Alaba, who also won six German cups, five German and two European Supercups and two Club World Cups, came to Bayern as a youth player in 2008 and made his debut in February 2010 in a 6-2 cup win against Greuther Furth to date he has played 415 competitive games for the club and won 76 international matches for Austria

As a midfielder, he began being converted into a left-back by Louis van Gaal in 2010 More recently, following the appearance of Alphonso Davies, he was first transferred to the central defender at the back left by Niko Kovac and now by Hansi Flick

As a central defender, Alaba was crucial as Bayern won an eighth title in a row in the Bundesliga for the first time in 2020 and then started a historic run with silverware They won the DFB-Pokal, the Champions League, the European and German Supercup and finally, last week, the Club World Cup

At the tournament in Qatar, Alaba returned to midfield in the final, where he played on Monday in a 3-3 draw against Arminia Bielefeld

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