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David Alaba

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Alaba is one of Europe’s most sought-after youngsters, excelling at Bayern in midfield and defensive roles since breaking into the first-team via the German giants’ academy system.

While Alaba is happy at Bayern having signed a contract extension in March to extent his Allianz Arena stay until 2021, the defender told France Football he was a fan of Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ 2003/04 side and the team that reached the 2006 Champions League final.

When asked who his childhood footballing idol was, Alaba replied:

“In the first place, Patrick Vieira. What a player!

“He inspired me through his presence, his style of play, his strong personality.

“I was a fan of Arsenal, who dominated everything around 10 years ago.

“I only had eyes for Vieira. Our styles don’t resemble each other particularly but in this position he’s an example, notably in his way of imposing himself in duels.”

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