Bayern Munich have a rich tradition of developing young talent, with their current squad consisting of several players who started out in the reserves.
One such player is David Alaba, and he has made significant advances in recent years.
The Austrian international is known for his skills and impeccable tactical acumen.
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He moved to Munich in the summer of 2008 and during the youth program at Bayern, played for the Under-17 and Under-19 teams. He impressed his coaches to such an extent that they recommended he play for Bayern's reserves the following season.
Going one better than that, the next season saw Alaba become the youngest player to represent the club in a competitive fixture at the tender age of 17 years old.
In 2010-11, the Bavarians sanctioned a six-month loan move for him to join Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, where he also impressed.
It was the 2011-12 season that proved to be the turning point. Alaba successfully cemented a regular place in the starting eleven at the Allianz Arena under then manager Jupp Heynckes.
He hasn't looked back, as since then he has won four Bundesliga medals and one Champions League.
Under Pep Guardiola, he developed himself further.
His performances were of such quality that several top clubs across Europe became interested in him.
Spanish champions Barcelona expressed a wish to sign him, though he has admitted he would only move to the Nou Camp if he is promised a role in midfield, according to theDaily Mirror.
However, in March 2016, Bayern convinced him to sign a new deal to keep him at the club until 2021.
Alaba had a magnificent year with the Die Roten, making 46 appearances.
He has also been named Austrian Footballer of the Year again.
What's most exciting is that he still has time to improve further, as he is only just entering his prime.
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