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David Alaba, Bayern Munich Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2016

Bayern's David Alaba during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Juventus Turin in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press

David Alaba has agreed a three-year contract extension with Bayern Munich, which will keep him at the club until 2021.

The club announced the news via their official Twitter feed:

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

#FCBayern have extended the contract of @David_Alaba by three years until 2021! More info to follow. https://t.co/LXt0215h3B

The 23-year-old has made over 200 senior appearances for the Bavarians since joining the club from Austria Wien in 2008.

The Austrian announced his delight on Twitter, as did Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge:

David Alaba @David_Alaba

So happy to announce my contract extension with @FCBayern until 2021! 🖋 #MiaSanMia #da27 https://t.co/zrsRr2gUuh

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

#Rummenigge: "@David_Alaba will become a cornerstone of our team in the coming years." https://t.co/cw3lnrAssC

Per the club's official website, Alaba added: "I’m proud that I’ll continue to play for my club. I grew up at FC Bayern and I’ve experienced unbelievably wonderful moments here. We’re all hungry to add further trophies to the ones we’ve already won."

Rummenigge said:

Alaba is an FC Bayern youth product, so we are especially delighted at his signature today keeping him here at least until 2021. He is one of the players who gives our current team its character. The way he plays, but also how he conducts himself away from the field, are the embodiment of FC Bayern.

Bayern also shared a video of Alaba putting pen to shirt as well as paper:

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

2021! ✒️ https://t.co/HNLLRkIuDr

Christian Falk of German outlet Sport Bild noted the news will come as a blow to his potential suitors Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City:

Christian Falk @cfbayernEN

Bad news for @realmadrid @MCFC @FCBarcelona_es: @David_Alaba will renew his contract till 2021 with @FCBayern

Indeed, WhoScored.com's Ben McAleer believes Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola, who will be taking over at City in the summer, would have liked to bring Alaba with him:

Ben McAleer @BenMcAleer1

With Alaba's new deal, Guardiola will have to look elsewhere for a new left-back. Could well be RicRod.

The versatile left-back, who can also feature in central defence and midfield, has emerged as one of the Bundesliga's top stars in recent years thanks to his composure on the ball and fantastic distribution.

Alaba follows team-mates Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez in extending his stay with the club in recent months, so Bayern have made another excellent stride toward securing the long-term future of their best and brightest.

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