New Real Madrid defender David Alaba insisted that he does not feel any pressure to step into the former captain Sergio Ramos' shoes
New Real Madrid defender David Alaba said he has not joined the club with a view to replacing former captain Sergio Ramos.
The versatile Alaba, who arrives on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, will wear the number four shirt that Ramos sported during his 16-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ramos, 35, has joined Paris Saint-Germain.
Alaba insisted that he does not feel any pressure to step into the Spaniard's shoes.
"We all know Ramos was here for a long time and wore this number, becoming the leader of this team," he told a news conference.
"But the truth is that yesterday I spoke to the club and they told me that right now it's the only available squad number, and I didn't want to start asking other players if they wanted 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 deal with the 13-time European champions, having previously spent his entire senior career with Bayern where he won 10 Bundesligas, two Champions Leagues and six German Cups.