David Alaba has revealed that he had to turn down Real Madrid’s offer to don Sergio Ramos’ No.4 shirt this season.
The former Bayern Munich center-back has explained that he wants to avoid being compared to Ramos, who is considered a Los Blancos legend.
“Number 27, which is the one I wore at Bayern Munich, is not allowed in La Liga and the club wanted me to wear number 4,” Alaba told Sport Bild.
“Sergio Ramos is an absolute legend. His performances on and off the pitch make him a role model. But I’m Alaba and I don’t want to be compared to others, I want to write my own story here.”
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Alaba has reunited with Carlo Ancelotti, who he also coincided with at Bayern Munich, and he has nothing but praise for the Italian manager.
“I am very happy to be able to work with him again,” Alaba added.
“As a person he’s very honest, and as a coach he has an incredible amount of experience.
“On the first day Carlo greeted me in German, so there is something left of his time in Germany. But then we spoke in English.”
The Real Madrid player also revealed that Toni Kroos has helped him quickly adjust to life at Madrid and his new club.
“We smiled at each other when we first met in the locker room,” noted Alaba.
“Toni helped me a lot, especially at the beginning. He was a big factor for me as I was adjusting. His wife was also a big help for my partner.”