Alaba had a great 12-year career at Bayern, playing in over 430 games in all competitions and taking home 25 trophies in total, including 10 Bundesliga crowns.
After his contract at Bayern expired in the summer of 2021, the 31-year-old chose to seek a new challenge in his prime and joined Real Madrid on a free transfer.
Since then, Alaba has made 97 appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions and, when healthy, is regarded as a first-team regular by manager Carlo Ancelotti. This season, he has started 12 games for the squad.
The Austrian international, who has suffered from bothersome injuries this season, still has more than 2.5 years left on his Santigo Bernabeu deal, but there has been some discussion lately about his future.
In fact, it’s thought that several Saudi Arabian clubs are keeping an eye on Alaba as they continue to chase some of the best players in Europe.
Alaba’s potential return to Bayern Munich has also been discussed, but the defender has maintained that he is happy where he is right now at Real Madrid.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano cited Alaba as saying, “I’m not thinking that far ahead,” when discussing a possible return to the Allianz Arena in a statement he gave to the media during the international break. In Madrid, I’m totally at ease.
“I have very specific goals and I like Real Madrid.” I’m not thinking about anything else.”
Alaba acknowledged in a different interview with Sport1 that he continues to watch Bayern, his old team, and that he is impressed with their season’s progress thus far.
“I always follow FC Bayern, of course,” the Austrian stated, as cited by Bavarian Football Works. Thus far, the season is going really well for them.
Although they were eliminated from the DFB-Pokal, they have been performing admirably in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.”
Alaba responded, “I think that depends on so many details,” when asked if Bayern had the qualifications to win the Champions League this season.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich both possess the talent necessary to win the Champions League. We want to succeed in the end, of course, but there’s still a very long way to go.”
After winning each of their first four group-stage games, Bayern and Real Madrid have already advanced to the round of 16 in the Champions League.
They are two of just three teams, including the defending champion Manchester City, to have a perfect record in the group stage this year.