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Alaba confirms interest in Premier League move – and he’s still an Arsenal fan

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:52, 21 March 2019

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has revealed he can “imagine” himself playing for a Premier League club in the future.

The left-back also admitted he is an Arsenal fan after falling for the Londoners as a child.

Is Alaba’s Bayern future in doubt? Five key things to know…

  1. Alaba has been with Bayern for his whole senior career, winning seven Bundesliga titles with the club.
  2. But the 26-year-old is perhaps not as highly-rated as he was during Bayern’s treble-winning season in 2012/13.
  3. He is contracted with Bayern until the summer of 2021 after signing a long-term deal in 2016.
  4. His comments about Arsenal are likely to fuel speculation about a move to England in the future.
  5. Alaba has made 34 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring two goals and providing four assists.

Alaba has shown plenty of loyalty to Bayern over the years, but the Austria international has hinted he doesn’t intend to spend his whole career in Germany.

Speaking to Bild (via Goal) during the international break, Alaba spoke about potentially switching countries in the future.

“I can imagine trying something else but I really feel very comfortable at Bayern,” he said.

“Every year there are new challenges and new objectives and the pressure will always be there. I’m happy in Munich but of course I can imagine seeing something else [in the future].”

Asked which countries he might be interested in playing in, Alaba said: “Spain, England. In Spain it would be the two big clubs, I guess? Real [Madrid] or Barcelona. Also the big clubs [in England].

“Yes I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been an Arsenal fan as a kid you will be one your whole life in some way.”

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Arsenal? Chelsea? Which English club should target Alaba?

If Alaba is keen to move to the Premier League, it might put the top six on alert.

Marcos Alonso has come in for plenty of criticism this term, particularly defensively, so Chelsea are likely to target a new left-back this summer if they avoid a transfer ban.

Alaba’s support for Arsenal means the Gunners could show an interest, especially with Nacho Monreal running down his contract.

Manchester City have been playing midfielders out of position at left-back due to Benjamin Mendy’s injuries this season. Perhaps Guardiola will pursue a reunion with Alaba.