Praise, after picking up Ramos’s ‘four’: “I don’t want to compare myself to anyone”

Defender David Alaba during his presentation at Real Madrid

Only time will tell if Real Madrid remembers a lot, little or nothing on the pitch of Sergio Ramos’s departure, but the entity seems willing to turn the page as soon as possible with everything symbolic, that the accessory does not become a ghost From the past. The Sevillian’s number four has been inherited by David Alaba. There was no other for him, as explained by the player himself this Wednesday in his presentation in Valdebebas. “I spoke to the club and they offered it to me. He was the only one available. I didn’t want to ask other footballers if they could give me another one, ”said the Austrian from Bayern. “I know what it means. It is an honor to wear it, it motivates me. Represents strength and leadership. I want to give everything to honor this number, “added the versatile 29-year-old.

He was referring to a number, but it was clear that putting on the shirt that the Andalusian has left is going to bring Alaba added weight. During his appearance before the media, he insisted on recognizing the virtues of his predecessor – “he became a leader, it would have been a pleasure to play with him” – but he had to make every effort to clarify that he did not land at the Bernabéu to look at the recent past. “I have not come to compare myself with others. I am David Alaba and I am going to contribute my strengths ”, he assured.

One of them is his ability to occupy different positions on the field: mainly, central, left back or in the middle. However, he did not want to show, at least publicly, any preference, not even tangentially. “I’m flexible. This is a decision of the coach and I trust him, “he said.

The coach will be Carlo Ancelotti, with whom he exchanged a brief two-minute talk on Wednesday after having met at Bayern in the 2016/17 season and two months the next. The left-hander finished that season as the second player with the most minutes, only behind Lewandowski, and performed regularly on the left flank of the defense. So at the center of the Munich team were Boateng, Hummels and Javi Martínez. Now the Italian will have to define his new role, also pending if he consumes Raphael Varane’s departure to Manchester United. “Of course I would like to play with Varane. For many years he has played excellent football, “he said in a formal manner.

Alaba, who repeated several times that Madrid was the challenge he was looking for and the only possible option after 431 games and 28 titles with Bayern, will soon place himself under Ancelotti’s orders. This Thursday, at the most. On Sunday, the Whites will play their first pre-season friendly in Glasgow against Rangers (19.00, Real Madrid TV).

You can follow EL PAÍS DEPORTES in Facebook Y Twitter, or sign up here to receive our weekly newsletter.