Created on 02-12-2013 at 15:06 PM
It was cold, big flakes of snow were falling, and spray rose from the Allianz Arena turf with every step the players took. But the DFB Cup quarter-final against Fürth on that unpleasantly wintry evening of 10 February 2010 included a momentous event: David Alaba made his first appearance as a professional. Three and a half years have passed since then, and the 21-year-old has already amassed an impressive collection of honours. On Monday he also acquired a new contract, as the Austrian inked an extension to his current deal, originally set to expire in 2015, binding him to the club until 30 June 2018.
“I’m very, very pleased,” Alaba told the FCB News team shortly afterwards. Accompanied by his advisers and his father George he attended the signing ceremony in the afternoon on the management floor of the FCB ServiceCenter. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke of “very pleasant talks. We’re extremely happy it’s come to a very good conclusion for both parties.“
Finance director Jan-Christian Dreesen described the new agreement as “a genuinely fair package for all parties, which reflects our appreciation of what David means to us. We’re all satisfied.“ Matthias Sammer expressed his approval of the deal: “You haven’t yet matured at 21. The message sent by David is very important. He wants to continue his journey with us.“
'Magnificent' progress as a player
Even at such a young age, Alaba is already a Champions League winner, and has two domestic doubles to his name. He was twice voted Austrian Player of the Year and recently picked up the prestigious Austrian Sports Personality of the Year award. “He’s developed magnificently as a player,” commented Rummenigge, “the coach is very pleased, and we’re very pleased. David has made a major contribution to our great success this year.“
In the press release formally announcing the contract extension, Rummenigge described the Vienna-born player as “one of the best and most successful full-backs in Europe.” Alaba’s ascent has been incredibly rapid. He joined the FC Bayern junior team from Austria Vienna in 2008, making his debut for the third division FCB reserves a year later. Only six months after that, he played his first match for the senior team in the snowy encounter with Fürth. Alaba remains the youngest player ever to represent Bayern in the DFB Cup (17 years and 232 days) and the Champions League (17 years and 259 days).
“I’ll continue to keep trying as hard as I can and give it my very best shot,” Alaba promised after appending his signature to the new contract. He will be 26 by the time the deal expires, so Rummenigge was by no means joking when he said: “He’s extended his stay until 2018 - at the very least!“