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 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ramos, 35, has joined Paris Saint-Germain.
Alaba insisted that he does not really feel any stress to step into the Spaniard’s footwear.
“We all know Ramos was here for a long time and wore this number, becoming the leader of this team,” 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 need to begin asking different gamers in the event that they wished to swap.
“I’m honoured to wear the number four, it’s a source of great pride and motivation for me and I want to do it justice – but I’m not here to compare myself to other players or replace them: I’m 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 whole senior profession with Bayern the place he gained 10 Bundesligas, two Champions Leagues and 6 German Cups.