What does the future hold for David Alaba?
The Austrian international is out-of-contract at Bayern Munich this summer and has already confirmed that he will not be signing a new deal, thus becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
“I have personally made the decision to try something new after this season and to leave the club,” Alaba said this week. “It wasn’t an easy decision, I’ve been here for 13 years and the club is very important to me.
“I am looking for a new challenge. It wasn’t a financial decision. I still have six to seven years to play football and now I wanted to try something new.
“Of course I took my time, after 13 years it’s not an easy decision. I then decided for myself to try something new. I have not decided yet where I’m going.”
Whilst Alaba has not made a decision on his next club yet, he has been linked with a move to Chelsea – as well as Real Madrid – with Antonio Rudiger admitting there has been contact between the pair.
If the German is successful in helping to lure the Austria international to Stamford Bridge, where would he fit in under Thomas Tuchel?
Well, in the few weeks since becoming Chelsea head coach, Tuchel has switched to a 3-4-2-1 formation with Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho sitting the deepest to provide protection to the back three.
This allows Mason Mount and Timo Werner to provide support to the lone striker, whilst the wing-backs provide the width.
As a result, if Alaba is to arrive at Stamford Bridge in the future he would almost certainly be the perfect signing as he can play in numerous positions.
For the majority of his career, the 28-year-old has operated as a left-back. However, over the past year, he has taken up residency as a centre-back at Bayern.
Furthermore, he can also operate as a defensive midfielder and amid all the transfer speculation, Alaba has already said he is not yet fully set on converting to a centre-back permanently.
Speaking to Kicker last year, Alaba said: “We’ll see. I’ve played it now a few times.
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“It works very well for the team, because we have the ball very often and play high up the pitch.
“That suits me well.”
By saying “we’ll see,” it raises questions as to whether or not the Austrian is fully convinced that playing at centre-back is for him, but given Tuchel’s sides dominate possession, he has effectively revealed how he could be the perfect left-sided option in a back three.