New Real Madrid defender David Alaba has denied talks of him replacing Sergio Ramos at the club.
Alaba was officially unveiled as a Madridista on Wednesday after signing on a free transfer from Bayern Munich and during his unveiling, the Austria international said he wasn't in to replace Ramos who he inherited his jersey number.
“We all know Ramos was here for a long time and wore this number, becoming the leader of this team. But the truth is that yesterday I spoke to the club and they told me that right now it’s the only available squad number. I didn’t want to start asking other players if they wanted to swap.
“I’m honored to wear the number four, it’s a source of great pride and motivation for me and I want to do it justice. But I’m not here to compare myself to other players or replace them, I’m here to be David Alaba,” he said.
Ramos, who spent 16 years in Madrid, joined Paris St-Germain after the 35-year-old’s contract expired in June. He is considered a club legend after helping them to five La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues during his time at the club.
Alaba, who has signed a five-year deal, won 10 Bundesliga titles, two Champions Leagues, and six German Cups after coming through the youth system at Bayern Munich.
The versatile Austrian will be managed by Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu after the former Everton boss replaced Zinedine Zidane in June.