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No chance for FC Bayern? World champion sees Xabi Alonso elsewhere

2024-02-12T08:24:29.586Z

Highlights: No chance for FC Bayern? World champion sees Xabi Alonso elsewhere. Bayer Leverkusen believes that the 42-year-old Spaniard will stay with the Bundesliga leaders. The 1990 World Cup winner played in Liverpool between 1997 and 1999 and knows his way around Merseyside. “He has the eye, he has the will, he knows Liverpool as a club and as a city. He's a legend here - everyone knows and respects him. I think he would be a fantastic choice,” says Karl-Heinz Riedle.



As of: February 12, 2024, 9:11 a.m

By: Patrick Mayer

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Xabi Alonso is shaking up the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen and making himself interesting for FC Bayern.

The Spaniard is also considered a candidate for an England club.

Munich – After the Munich team lost 0:3 (0:1) at Bayer Leverkusen, FC Bayern is threatened with the next coaching discussion.

And that less than a year after the dismissal of current national coach Julian Nagelsmann in March 2023.

Xabi Alonso a candidate for FC Bayern?

Liverpool FC will probably have a say

While one report names José Mourinho as a possible successor to Thomas Tuchel, Bayern themselves make no secret of the fact that they are closely monitoring the development of Leverkusen's successful coach Xabi Alonso.

Why would the 42-year-old Spaniard be a candidate for Säbener Straße?

That probably also depends on Liverpool FC.

Significantly: “If Xabi Alonso can finally get rid of the cruel 'Neverkusen' title with Bayer, it may lead him back to Anfield.

After the overwhelming 3-0 humiliation of German champions Bayern Munich, Liverpool bosses must waste no time in negotiating a deal,” wrote the British

Mirror

after the “Werkself” victory in the top Bundesliga game.

Competing for the championship in the Bundesliga: Xabi Alonso (left) from Bayer Leverkusen and Thomas Tuchel from FC Bayern.

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Liverpool FC: Xabi Alonso is considered the favorite to succeed Jürgen Klopp

Alonso is considered an icon for the “Reds”.

The former midfield strategist played at Anfield Road between 2004 and 2009, winning the Champions League with the English club in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006.

“He has the eye, he has the will, he knows Liverpool as a club and as a city.

He's a legend here - everyone knows and respects him.

I don’t know what he plans to do or what Liverpool will decide, but I think he would be a fantastic choice,” Karl-Heinz Riedle told

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The 1990 World Cup winner played in Liverpool between 1997 and 1999 and knows his way around Merseyside.

Jürgen Klopp will stop there in the summer after nine years as a coach, or as a team manager, as they say on the island.

Alonso's football would "absolutely" suit Liverpool, 58-year-old Riedle from Allgäu continued: "I would say Jürgen's football is a little different, but Xabi also likes to attack.

When you see how he presses in the opposition half, it’s really impressive.”

Even as a player, he was the conductor on the pitch and impressed with his high level of playing intelligence and discipline.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Xabi Alonso

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Before Munich's defeat in the Rhineland, former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had confirmed FC Bayern's fundamental interest in former player Alonso.

The 2010 World Champion and European Champion from 2008 and 2012 played in the Allianz Arena between 2014 and 2017.

FC Bayern: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge raves about Xabi Alonso

“His development doesn’t surprise me in any way.

I also wanted to get him as an assistant coach, but unfortunately that didn't work out at the time.

Even as a player he was the conductor on the pitch, impressed with his high level of game intelligence and discipline," said Rummenigge in an interview with the Münchner

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: "He was apprenticed to the best coaches, from Jupp Heynckes to Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti - and intelligent as he is, he has obviously bundled and saved these experiences.

I can only take my hat off to what he has done for Bayer.”

Simon Rolfes, Sports Director at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, believes that the coach will stay with the Bundesliga leaders.

"Yes I am sure.

One thing is contract constellations, the contract that he has.

The other thing is how comfortable he feels, the family, himself," said Rolfes in Sport1's "One-two": "That he knows what he has in the club.

That he knows that he has a very good team.

And that we will also have very good prospects next year.”

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Source: merkur

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