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Real Madrid defender David Alaba says Munich is still his “second home”

He also congratulated Marcel Sabitzer on making the switch to Bayern.

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Speaking to Christian Falk’s Bayern Insider podcast, Real Madrid defender David Alaba (it feels weird to call him that) still seems to be attached to the club who made him into a star. In case you’ve forgotten, Bayern Munich fans were incensed when photos emerged of him kissing the Madrid club badge following his transfer.

Alaba tried to explain his actions, saying: “It doesn’t mean that I no longer love Bayern. It was just a very special day for me. It was the beginning of a new stage, but I didn’t want to provoke the Bayern fans at all. I spent thirteen wonderful years there.” (via AS)

“I will always be grateful to the fans and the club for giving me the opportunity to develop as a person and a player,” explained Alaba. “Munich became my second home. I did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” He even said that Madrid could not be compared to Munich, saying “it [the city] has become my second home and I will always keep it in my heart.”

As one final olive branch to the fans of his former employer, David Alaba congratulated his fellow Austrian Marcel Sabitzer for making the switch to Bayern. “He’s a great guy and a great player. He has everything you need to be a top world-class player. He grew up in Leipzig and I am very happy, also as an Austrian, that he has decided to take this step,” said Alaba.

“He will give a lot to Bayern. I’ve been talking to him for a long time, especially about Bayern. I told him it’s a spectacular club where he will have incredible moments.”

Let’s hope Alaba’s assessment is spot on. Now, hopefully, fans will get some closure on the Alaba saga, and we can finally put it behind us. He’s a Madrid player now, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

See you in the Champions League, David.