Xabi Alonso announces that he is staying at Bayer Leverkusen!


By: Manu Tournoux

It's the end of a series that lasted a few weeks all the same. This season, everyone is only talking about the football offered by Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen. Since his arrival at the head of the team in October 2022, the Spanish technician has changed everything. We didn't have to wait long to see his mark on a team with a fairly pleasant squad. And after a little more time and adjustments last summer, Xabi Alonso ended up confirming that he was probably one of the most interesting coaches of his generation.

This season, Bayer Leverkusen even seems unstoppable. Undisputed leader of the Bundesliga, the German team is already 10 points ahead of Bayern Munich with 8 days remaining. Better yet, Bayer is simply undefeated in the league with 22 victories and only four small draws. Still in the Europa League race as well, Xabi Alonso can believe in an XXL season. And obviously, a profile like his is not common in the streets. In recent weeks, he has been mentioned on the benches of the biggest clubs in Europe. Among them, there were in particular Real Madrid but also and above all Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Xabi Alonso wants to continue growing as a coach

By formalizing the departures at the end of the season of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, the two European giants had made the former Real Madrid player the priority. As we revealed to you, the English team wanted to rebuild with Xabi Alonso while the German giant was banking on offering an XXL transfer window to its future coach. But finally, after several days of reflection, Xabi Alonso made his decision and made his decision official at a press conference. “There's been a lot of talk about my future over the last few weeks. We had a lot of matches, a lot of objectives and we had to focus on our matches. During this break, I had something to think about and I had time. I made my decision, last week, I had a good discussion with my managers. I told them that I continued to be the coach of this team next season. I tried to make the right decision, I made the most natural decision, I think it's time to be here as a young coach, it's my place.he said before explaining his decision in more depth.

“I feel like it’s the right place for me. The club supports me and respects me. The fans are showing me a lot of love this season and even in the tough times last season. I believe we can have a good season, the staff helps me day after day to work better. The players give me strength, they want to be here and that makes me want to do better. My job is not finished here. I'm happy here. By putting all the elements on the table, I am convinced that this is the right decision. It's a process, the development of the team is linked to my development as a coach. This is my first season (full, editor's note) as a coach. I have to prove and gain experience. In this club, I feel stable, I am happy in this club and we work together. We're still together. I said last week would be my deadline. We had to focus on our season.” Very good news for Bayer supporters who will therefore be able to plan ahead with a coach who seems to want to build something big next season. For fans of Liverpool or Bayern Munich, we now have to look elsewhere…

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