Is Alaba Ancelotti’s wild card

He is a player who can play in three positions.

David Alaba’s signing from Real Madrid was confirmed by Marca exclusively on January 18 and Los Blancos have been clear ever since that he is coming to strengthen their defense.

This is very important since Sergio Ramos has left and Raphael Varane’s future is uncertain, but Alaba hopes to play in midfield, as he has done for Austria several times.

Carlo Ancelotti knows Alaba well, having worked with him at Bayern Munich. Also, during the time he previously led Real Madrid, the Italian was looking for Alaba as an option for the left wing of the defense. It did not happen, but he played there while he was with the Austrian in the Bavarian team. Under Ancelotti, Alaba has played 52 times and only 11 times as a central defender.

Now, Real Madrid needs him more as a defender. On the left side they have Marcelo and Ferland Mendy competing for the first 11, Casemiro is shield or defensive midfielders.

Alaba does not want to play on the left side, despite having played 247 games on that wing according to Transfermarkt. By comparison, he has played 116 times in defense and 100 in midfield.

Condition for his signature

Alaba had first played as a defender under Pep Guardiola, but the idea of ??playing in midfield never left his mind. In fact, PSG were interested in him in January, the player told him he could choose between them and Real Madrid but he asked which of them could play in midfield.

“He does not want to play only in defense, which he made clear in the summer of Euro 2020.” You can influence the game a lot in both directions – attack and defense, “said Alaba. Now, Alaba has to wait for what Ancelotti thinks about this.

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