Bayern Munich locked up four of their stars in September, and have now ensured David Alaba is not leaving Munich any time soon. The club announced in a statement Friday the 23-year-old academy product has signed a contract extension until 2021.
Kai Psotta from BILD reported last week this extension was in the works, and he would receive a raise of €5 million per year from his current deal. Pep Guardiola also wanted to poach him when he moves to Manchester City this summer, but Alaba ultimately decided to stay.
"I am proud that I can continue to play with my club," Alaba said in the statement. "I grew up with FC Bayern, was allowed to witness unbelievably great moments and everyone is hungry to follow up our titles."
Alaba moved as a 16-year-old into Bayern's academy system from Austria Vienna in 2008, and has been one of the jewels of that system in the last few years. He broke into Bayern as a holding midfielder, and has since become one of the best defenders in the world. When former president Uli Hoeneß talks about finding the next big talent, he is often quoted as saying he wants to find the next David Alaba.
"David Alaba is a self-developed player for FC Bayern, for that reason his extension until at least 2021 particularly excites us," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "He is that one player who right now is the face of our team. Not only his style of play, but also his demeanor off the field embodies FC Bayern. He will also become a cornerstone for the club in the coming years."