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David Alaba has spoken out about his decision to abandon Bayern Munich’s “comfort zone.”
The 28-year-old has been with the Bundesliga giants for 13 years, but will leave as a free agent at the end of this season.
After a trophy-laden spell with Bayern Munich, Alaba is expected to join Real Madrid.
When asked about the feelings that will accompany his departure from Munich and why he has made this decision, Alaba told the club’s official website: “It’s always difficult when something comes to an end, and it’s no secret that I’ve always felt at home here.”
“Obviously, I’m leaving FC Bayern with a tear in my eye but also looking forward to my future at the same time.
“It wasn’t a decision against the club, but I decided I’d like to do something new and take another step forward.
“To grow, you have to leave your ‘comfort zone’ – and I deliberately put that word in quotation marks because it could possibly be misunderstood.
“At FC Bayern, the expectations on the pitch are always extreme from the management, in the dressing room or from yourself.
“I think that perhaps you have to go into the unknown to be able to mature again.”