Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich believes the next logical step for wantaway defender David Alaba is Real Madrid.
Alaba, 28, announced earlier this year that he would be leaving the reigning European champions when his contract expires in the summer.
Reports have been swirling that the Austria international is set to sign a lucrative long-term deal with fellow continental powerhouse Real Madrid.
Having spent a medal-hoovering 13 years in Bavaria, in which the stellar utility man clinched nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League medals, teammate Kimmich believes there are few clubs that would justify leaving the German giants, but Real are one of those few.
“He [Alaba] has won everything here multiple times,” Kimmich told Sky Germany. “Twice the triple, once even six titles in one year. Real is in any case a worthy club.
“There aren’t many steps you can take after playing for Bayern but Real Madrid isn’t that bad as the next step.”
The likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and even La Liga rivals Barcelona were thought to be keeping tabs on Alaba’s situation, but it appears as though Los Blancos have won the race for his signature.
Bayern’s early summer activity
The record German champions are certainly not sleepwalking into the summer transfer window, with comings and goings already confirmed by the club.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic revealed earlier this month that Jerome Boateng’s contract would not be extended upon its expiration in June.
“Jerome’s contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended,” Salihamidzic told Sky Germany.
“That was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved.
“I explained that to Jerome and he was very understanding. He leaves through a big door – hopefully with titles.”
The news comes just two months after the club confirmed the signing of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in February for a reported £38m.
The 22-year-old Norman put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Allianz Arena and is expected to fill the illustrious boots of the outgoing Boateng.
There have been whispers from the dugout as well, with Hansi Flick expected to step down this summer amid suggestions he could succeed Joachim Low.
The national coach has already announced his decision to leave his Germany post and Flick is reportedly in line to make the jump.