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Xabi Alonso to stay at Bayern Leverkusen despite Liverpool and Bayern’s advances

Boom RadioNG | March 29, 2024
Xabi Alonso Manager Bayer Leverkusen photo credit: Xabi Alonso

Former Spanish player turned coach, Xabi Alonso has confirmed that he will be staying on as manager of Bundesliga table toppers, Bayer Leverkusen this summer despite interest from rivals, Bayern Munich and premier league side, Liverpool.

The Spaniard took over at Leverkusen in October 2022 guiding the German side out of the relegation zone and up to a sixth-place finish in his first campaign as a manager.

His team are on the brink of a historic season in which they have been unbeaten in all competitions and are on the brink of winning their first ever Bundesliga title. They currently enjoy a 10-point advantage over second-place Bayern with eight games to go.

Leverkusen are also through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League and the German Cup semi-finals.

But despite the interest of two clubs where Alonso starred during a glittering playing career, the 42-year-old has decided he is in the “right place” to continue his fledgling managerial one.

Xabi Alonso Manager Bayer Leverkusen photo credit: Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso Manager Bayer Leverkusen
photo credit: Xabi Alonso

In his statement ahead of Leverkusen’s home clash with Hoffenheim on Saturday,  he said “It’s been a season we have had a lot of speculation regarding my future,”

“Until now we have had so many games, been pretty busy and focused, and I wanted to reflect during the international break and take a decision.

“At the moment this is the right place for me to develop as a coach, I am a young coach. Right now this is the right place. I have to thank the management.

“The club had been supportive and I feel respected by all departments. The fans they have shown great support and they have reasons to believe and dream we will have a great season. I have a great staff to help me work day by day, and so for sure the players.”

During Alonso’s time as a player, he played 210 games for Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool from 2004-09 when he won the Uefa Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and FA Cup.

He joined Bayern Munich from Real Madrid in 2014, making 117 appearances while winning the Bundesliga title three times and German Cup once before retiring from playing in 2017.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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