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Bayern Munich star David Alaba's father proud of Real Madrid talk

Bayern Munich star David Alaba's father says he is "proud" that Real Madrid continue to be linked with his son.

Alaba, 23, signed a new contract tying him to Bayern until 2021 in December but occasional rumours have suggested that he is unhappy about not being played in his favoured midfield position.

Madrid have been linked with the versatile Austria international several times in recent years, and AS has reported that the Spanish club's director general, Jose Angel Sanchez, has been in Vienna lately to meet his father, George, having already lodged a €50 million bid with Bayern.

Asked about these reports by Madrid-based newspaper AS, Alaba Sr. said: "Things are good at the moment and we do not have to make any comment. Madrid is a great club and this interest makes us proud. That is all I should say, nothing more."

The AS report said Bayern would not accept €50m for the player, who joined Bayern's youth ranks from Austria Vienna aged 16, but could cash in for around €80m.

Meanwhile, Alaba has apologised for the own goal he scored in Austria's 2-1 win over Malta on Tuesday.

He had been unaware of goalkeeper Ramazan "Rambo" Ozcan's position when he passed the ball into his own net with only two minutes left on the clock in the pre-Euro 2016 friendly.

"That goal was clearly my own fault," Alaba, who plays in midfield for his country, told reporters after the match. "I thought Rambo was still in goal, but he was standing next to it. It was a stupid mistake of mine. I did not have my bearings."

ESPN FC's Germany correspondent, Stephan Uersfeld, contributed to this report.

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