Former Arsenal target signs new Bayern Munich deal

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David Alaba has put pen to paper on a new contract with the Bundesliga outfit.

The Austria international has solidified his place in the German giants' starting eleven over the last two years since returning from a loan spell with Hoffenheim, moving into the left-back role despite having been blooded as a midfielder.

Reports abounded over the summer that Arsenal were ready to launch a bid for his services as he’d been less than thrilled at constantly being deployed outside of his natural position, yet a move never materialised as Die Roten were unwilling to let go of a talented young asset.

And despite continuing to be fielded on the left side of a four-man back line by new boss Pep Guardiola, the 21-year-old has now committed his future to the treble-winning outfit with fresh terms running until 2018.

"I am very, very happy," he told the official Bayern Munich website of his new contract.

"I have been at Bayern since 2008, they have become my club.

“I am lucky that everything is now fixed and that I can play for this club until at least 2018."

Alaba’s words don’t suggest that he was quite on the brink of leaving the Allianz Arena, but at any rate any doubts he may have had of carrying on in the German capital seem to have subsided as he’s settled into the left-back slot.

A regular place in the starting eleven at what is the most prolific club in Europe at present is certainly nothing to scoff at, whether it is in one’s desired role or not, and the hierarchy at Bayern has apparently transferred such a message successfully to the Vienna native.

"These were pleasant talks,” Die Roten CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge expounded.

“We are very happy that they have led to this nice ending for both sides.

"He has developed wonderfully on the pitch. The coach is very happy, we are very satisfied.

“David has made a great contribution to what we have achieved this year.

"David came to us at 16 and has developed a lot. He is one of Europe's best and most successful full-backs already.

“We are happy we can count on him and his performances further.”

The boy is now locked down in Munich for at least the foreseeable future with increased resolve, and any chance of a revival of Arsene Wenger’s interest in acquiring his services has been snuffed out with the inking of the Austrian’s new deal.

And distractions now aside, Alaba will return to full focus on adding to an already impressive list of personal and collective accolades with the Champions League title-holders.

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