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David Alaba Has Tested Positive For Covid 19 Barely A Week After Being Presented By Real Madrid

Real Madrid have been dealt yet another pre-season setback as new signing David Alaba tested positive for Covid-19.
Following the expiration of his contract at Bayern Munich, the Austrian defender joined the Spanish giants on a free transfer this summer.
He tested positive for coronavirus just a week after being introduced to the club and training with his new teammates for the first time.
President Florentino Perez announced David Alaba as a Real Madrid player last week. ‘Real Madrid can convey that our player David Alaba has tested positive for COVID-19,’ read a brief statement on the club’s website.
The 29-year-old may now miss his club’s final pre-season match against AC Milan in ten days, ahead of the start of their LaLiga season at Alaves a week later.
Alaba had already missed the pre-season defeat at Rangers, with Steven Gerrard’s side winning 2-1 at Ibrox on Sunday, and had only recently returned after playing in Austria’s Euro 2020 journey to the last-16 before losing to eventual victors Italy.
He won’t be able to practice again until he gets a negative test after a period of isolation, and it’s the latest setback for new manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-season plans.
After entering pre-season last week, Alaba has only just begun practicing with his new teammates. The Austrian trains alongside Raphael Varane (middle) and Toni Kroos. Last week, striker Karim Benzema tested positive for the virus after returning from his end-of-season leave.
Since France’s shock elimination from Euro 2020’s last-16 by Switzerland on June 28, the 33-year-old had been resting.
On Thursday, Benzema and international teammate Raphael Varane returned to duties for Real Madrid at their Valdebebas field, before his positive test was verified just a day later.
Real Madrid is looking to improve on last season, when they finished second in LaLiga to local rivals Atletico Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals by eventual champions Chelsea.

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