Xabi Alonso Stays at Leverkusen

Xabi Alonso Stays at Leverkusen
Xabi Alonso Stays at Leverkusen

Xabi Alonso, who was seen by many as Liverpool's top target to replace Jurgen Klopp as their manager, said he is staying at Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen next season.

"It's been a season of speculation regarding my future," he told a press conference.

"Up till now we have been busy and focused on the season and I wanted to reflect during the international break and make a decision.

"Last week I had a meeting when I informed (Leverkusen's directors) of my decision to continue being coach of Bayer Leverkusen," added Alonso.

The 42-year-old Spaniard has Leverkusen on course for a treble, including their first ever German league crown.

Alonso said he was still developing as a coach and he felt Leverkusen, his first senior team coaching post, is the best place for him to carry on doing so.

"At the moment this is the right place for me to develop as a coach, I am a young coach," he said.

"Right now this is the right place. I have to thank the management.”

"The club has been supportive and I feel respected by all departments."

Alonso had been linked with moves to Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, all clubs where he spent time as a player, having done a stunning job at runaway Bundesliga leaders Leverkusen.

Leverkusen are unbeaten this term with 34 victories and four draws and are 10 points clear of Bayern Munich and on track for their first ever German title with eight games remaining this season. 

The former Spain midfielder, who was a member of the side that won the Euro in 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 World Cup, is aiming to complete a treble.

Aside from topping the table they are in the final four of the German Cup and the quarter-finals of the Europa League and could potentially meet Liverpool in the final.

Alonso was appointed Leverkusen coach in October 2022.