Ever since joining Real Madrid, David Alaba has quickly established his presence as one of the primary leaders in a squad full of superstars.
Known to be a vocal presence during his time at Bayern Munich, the Austrian was quizzed about whether he remains an instant communicator at Los Blancos.
“I communicate a lot on the pitch from day one. It’s part of my game. It’s demanded of me, but it’s also the demand that I make of myself“, he replied, in an interview with GOAL.
The versatile defender was further asked about which language he chooses to bark out orders, considering he did not join Carlo Ancelotti’s side as a fluent Spanish speaker.
“My commands in the field already work very well in Spanish. In the first few weeks, I went full throttle in my language classes. It was very important for me to quickly learn the fundamentals.
Right now, I can converse well with my teammates. But my Spanish probably isn’t good enough for an interview“, he revealed.
Sticking to the subject of communication, Alaba was also asked about which player he has played alongside that he reckons is the biggest talker on the pitch.
“Thomas Müller is up there. Maybe Dante will come closer. When I defended on the left, he played alongside me in the center of defense and guided me very well. I’ve learned a lot from him.”
The 30-year old was also asked to reveal which players call the shots in the Real Madrid dressing room, apart from himself.
“With us, this task is shared between several players: Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos take responsibility for communication.”
As club legend Casemiro left the club to join Manchester United this summer, David Alaba was also quizzed about his thoughts on the move.
“He was in a similar situation to mine a year ago. That’s why we talked about it a lot. After nine years at Real Madrid, he was looking for a new challenge. I wish him the best with all my heart.”
With the Vienna-born defender having experienced working with Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern, a question was posed to him about how the Italian manager had changed since his stint in Germany.
“As a person and as a coach, he is the same as then, he still represents the same values. His training and the way he plays football may have changed something.”
Next, the three-time Champions League winner was asked about the ways in which club presidents, Uli Hoeneß and Florentino Perez are alike.
“Both are great personalities who live for their club. And they both want to be close to the team. Florentino Pérez comes to the dressing room after every game and sometimes after training to talk to our players. Uli Hoeneß did the same. It’s important to know how the players are“
The La Liga champion was also asked about his relationship with Uli Hoeneß, as he replied, “I came to Munich at the age of 16 and I had a very special relationship with him from the beginning. He often called me into his office to give me advice or make requests. I remember him once telling me: ‘I want you to take on more responsibility on the pitch and in the dressing room.
I was always able to communicate very openly and honestly with him. Uli Hoeneß has helped me a lot as a person and as a footballer. For me, he is a great inspiration.”
Spending 12 seasons at the Allianz Arena, Alaba was also asked to lift the lid on his farewell from the club in the summer of 2021.
“After the last match, I said goodbye to him and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the stadium living room. After such a long and successful time together, it was naturally very emotional.”
Considering Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has recently admitted that he made some mistakes in how he dealt with the club icon’s exit, the now-Los Merengues superstar was inquired about whether he had made any contact with the ex-Bosnian player recently.
“No, we haven’t had any contact now. Everything is fine between me and FC Bayern. I always prefer to look forward than backward.”
With Alaba’s attempts to extend his contract having failed to come to fruition, which forced him to embrace a move to Spain, he discussed whether the turmoil last year affected his relationship with his advisor and father, George.
“I have a very close relationship with my father. We are in contact every day. It helps me a lot to keep my mind free for the essential: football“
The Austrian international was further quizzed about whether he discusses what happens on the pitch with his father.
“Since I was 17 years old, he has been present at all my home games. After every away game, he is the first person I call on the bus. Then we chat about my game and he gives me his honest opinion. The next day he sends me all sorts of statistics, which we then discuss in detail.”
With his father being a musician and with his sister, Rose May Alaba being a singer, David Alaba was quizzed about the role music played in his childhood.
“I grew up with music. It’s a very important part of my family. When I was a kid, we had music all the time. CDs, records. Whether it was on the floor or in the car: music, music, music. And everyone sang along.”
Asked about whether he had ever considered a career in music, the player replied, “I dreamed of a singing career, but realized relatively quickly that it wasn’t going to happen. But just like music, I’ve also loved football since the beginning.”
Further questioned about whether he plays any instruments, the 10-time Bundesliga winner revealed, “My parents tried me on piano and guitar. But my sister obviously has all the talent in the family for it.”
When asked about whether he can still play songs on both instruments, the ex-Austria Wien star stated, “Yes, one on guitar and two on piano.”
Alaba also revealed whether he attended his father’s performances as a child, saying,Often. Sometimes backstage, sometimes on the side of the stage, sometimes in the front row in the audience. The memories are burned into my mind. His performance at the Donauinselfest in Vienna was very special. For me it was crazy how many people looked at my father.”
Touching on the genres of music he tends to gravitate to, he revealed, “Mostly hip hop, R’n’B and Christian worship music.”
The titan at the back for Los Blancos was asked about which player is the dressing room DJ.
“Karim Benzema. He plays all kinds of music.”
With Alaba opening a restaurant with his sister in Vienna, he was asked about why and how the business venture came about.
“My parents knew that I wanted to try gastronomy. At the time, my parents approached me with an idea and I really liked it. So, we decided together, as a family, to open a restaurant. We all really enjoyed it. When I go to Vienna, the restaurant, it’s my first stop“
Becoming an investor in his boyhood club, Austria Vienna, he touched on why he has taken another step in the business world.
“Austria Vienna is the club of my heart. I am very grateful to the club. It was clear to me that it was going to help in difficult times. I follow Austria intensely: I watch the games and communicate with the people there.”
Asked about whether he plans to play his football in Austria one day, he confirmed, “That’s still a long way off for me. I don’t look that far into the future. I still don’t know what will happen in a few years or when my career is over.”
Furthermore, an interesting revelation emerged about why David Alaba has an affinity for Turkish giants, Galatasaray.
“Yes, I have sympathy for Galatasaray. As a child, I played every day in Vienna. I had many friends from Turkey there. There were exactly three options: Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce. I decided on Galatasaray very quickly. I don’t remember why. I always watched the Istanbul derbies together with my friends from Gala.”