New Real Madrid defender David Alaba mentioned he has not joined the membership with a view to changing former captain Sergio Ramos.
The versatile Alaba, who arrives on a free switch from Bayern Munich, will put on the quantity 4 shirt that Ramos sported throughout his 16-year stint on the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ramos, 35, has joined Paris Saint-Germain.
Alaba insisted that he doesn’t really feel any strain to step into the Spaniard’s sneakers.
“We all know Ramos was right here for a very long time and wore this quantity, turning into the chief of this group,” he informed a information convention.
“But the reality is that yesterday I spoke to the membership they usually informed me that proper now it’s the one obtainable squad quantity, and I didn’t wish to begin asking different gamers in the event that they needed to swap.
“I’m honoured to put on the quantity 4, it’s a supply of nice pleasure and motivation for me and I wish to do it justice – however I’m not right here to match myself to different gamers or substitute them: I’m right here to be David Alaba.”
The 29-year-old Austrian has signed a five-year cope with the 13-time European champions, having beforehand spent his total senior profession with Bayern the place he gained 10 Bundesligas, two Champions Leagues and 6 German Cups.