Xabi Alonso: Bayer Leverkusen Boss Dismisses Rumours of a Potential Exit From German Club

Xabi Alonso: Bayer Leverkusen Boss Dismisses Rumours of a Potential Exit From German Club

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Xabi Alonso is a wanted man
  • The Bayer Leverkusen boss has been linked with coaching roles at top European clubs
  • The former Real Madrid midfielder has addressed reports that he could leave the German side

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has been attracting plenty of interest from Europe after leading the German side to an impressive start to the 2023/24 season.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder has rubbished rumours of a potential departure from the club.

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Xabi Alonso has been heavily linked with the Real Madrid coaching role. Photo by Jörg Schüler.
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The World Cup winner was appointed Leverkusen boss in October 2022, with the club sitting second from bottom in the Bundesliga. He steered them away from danger and helped them finish 6th in the table and the semi-finals of the Europa League.

This season, his Leverkusen side have made an even better start to the season. They are unbeaten after 14 Bundesliga games and sit top of the table ahead of giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Following the red-hot form of his team, he has been tipped to leave, with clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool reportedly interested, per 90min. He also recently signed a three-year deal with the club.

Alonso addresses exit rumours

Speaking with the Guardian, Alonso said he is not in a hurry to leave Leverkusen.

“It depends on if you want to be pushed to take other people’s decisions,” he says, “or if you want to make your own decisions. And so far I’ve been clear. I will take my own decisions when I feel it is the right moment for whatever. So that’s going to happen for sure.”

Alonso has been heavily linked with his former club, Real Madrid, who could be looking for a new coach if Carlo Ancelotti leaves.

The veteran Italian coach will reportedly take over the Brazilian national team, who have not had a coach since Tite resigned following the 20212 World Cup exit.

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Alonso dismisses Real Madrid rumours

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Bayer Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes has rubbished reports linking their manager Xabi Alonso to the Real Madrid role when current boss Carlo Ancelotti leaves.

Alonso spent five years at the Bernabeu, winning La Liga and the Champions League, and he retired as one of the best midfielders of his generation.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.