ÖFB team captain Alaba praises Real newcomer Bellingham: "Very far for his age"

ÖFB team captain Alaba praises Real newcomer Bellingham: "Very far for his age"

For David Alaba, the new season begins with well-known goals. The ÖFB captain is aiming for as many titles as possible with Real Madrid, the first endurance test is the first round game in La Liga at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. “When you have to play against such a strong opponent, even away from home, that’s certainly not the easiest task. Nevertheless, we drive there motivated and full of self-confidence. We know our strengths,” said Alaba of the APA.

The Viennese is in his third season with the “Royal”. In the first season, the Champions League triumph and the championship looked out. In 2022/23 it was enough for the club world championship and cup titles, but they were at a disadvantage in the league compared to FC Barcelona. In the Champions League semi-finals, the eventual winners Manchester City were eliminated. Alaba’s disappointment has now evaporated. “We look ahead.”

Alaba has high hopes for Bellingham

The 31-year-old is optimistic about the future, also due to the signing of Jude Bellingham. “He is very far for his age, you can’t tell his age in his game at all. He can do a lot to ensure that we are successful. We will have a lot of fun with him,” said Alaba about the 20-year-old English team player.

Kylian Mbappe is traded as another prominent newcomer. Alaba’s information on this is limited to the rumors that have been floating around in the media for weeks.

Mbappe’s French compatriot Karim Benzema, Madrilenians’ goalkeeper in recent years, said goodbye to Saudi Arabia in the summer. “He has contributed enormously to our successes in recent years and is a Real legend. You can’t replace him one-for-one. But we have a lot of quality in the squad,” emphasized Alaba.

In addition to Benzema, well-known kickers such as Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard have left the club, and there are also injury concerns. Goalie Thibaut Courtois is out for months due to a cruciate ligament rupture, and new signing Arda Güler also has to pause for weeks due to a knee injury. Alaba himself, on the other hand, is at full strength. “The preparation went very well, I feel in great shape and absolutely ready for the new season,” reported the 101-time ÖFB international.

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