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Alaba's Madrid nod: "My Spanish is good enough for the pitch"

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season, parting ways after 13 years following the two sides' recent failure to agree on a new deal.

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Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season, parting ways after 13 years following the two sides' recent failure to agree on a new deal.

"I decided after this season (I want) to do something new, to leave the club," the 28-year-old told a news conference a day after their 3-3 draw against Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga.

"It was no easy decision because I have been here for 13 years and this club is close to my heart," he said, adding that he had not decided where he would go next.

The Austria international has been linked with several English Premier League clubs, while Real Madrid have also reportedly shown an interest in signing the versatile defender.

"The decision of where the trip will go next has not yet been made," Alaba said. "But I wanted a challenge, to develop as a player on and off the pitch. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone.

The player also joked that his level of Spanish was "good enough for the pitch", a possible insight to the Austrian international's next destination?