Real Madrid – La Liga Raul Varela gives his opinion
Real Madrid travel to Alava this weekend and David Alaba will be heading to Madrid in the summer, as Florentino Perez gets an exciting first sticker for his 2021/22 album.
Bearing in mind how previous signings have gone, however, we should say ‘supposedly’ exciting signing, because even with a player of the Austrian’s calibre no one would dare promise that he will repeat his Bayern Munich success with Real Madrid.
Alaba is an extraordinary talent – versatile, modern, competitive – and he has everything that Real Madrid are looking for in a position that needs addressing.
It also represents a change in transfer policy, moving away from projects with as much uncertainty as potential, who played a part in a league win during a transitionary year that doesn’t seem to be getting the recognition it deserves.
It also happens to strengthen Real Madrid‘s hand when it comes to negotiating Sergio Ramos‘ extension, as his exit would now not be as catastrophic for the club.
The rumours of Paris may be just that, but as an aside, would the French club really rather go for Lionel Messi than retain Kylian Mbappe?
Ramos remains calm in the danger zone, always on the edge, just as he likes it.
But you know the symbolism: a David to take down a Goliath.