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Xabi Alonso: "The decision has been made: I will stay at Leverkusen"

Xabi Alonso: "The decision has been made: I will stay at Leverkusen"

Decisin taken. Firm. Xabi Alonso stays in Leverkusen. The Spanish coach, the most sought-after in all of Europe after his role at Bayer Leverkusen, will continue at the German club, which he is going to make Bundesliga champions, at least for the next season. The coach announced it at a press conference and leaves speculation about his future closed. Xabi has a contract until 2026but teams like Bayern Munich and Liverpool They had him in the number one position to occupy their bench during the next campaigns.

The Spanish coach informed his players in today’s morning training that he will continue next season on the bench. He has many challenges ahead of him and the decision was celebrated by the staff. He later confirmed in a press conference what to continue. “I have had time to reflect on this national team break. I had a conversation with the president last week and my decision has been made. I’m staying at Leverkusen. Now all the cards are on the table to go full strength until the end of the season. This is the place I want to be. I have informed the players of my decision, I am very grateful and I believe it is the best way to continue the path together. My work at Bayer is not over. I want to help players develop. Everything is fantastic here. I’m still a young coach “and I think this is the best decision for my future.”

Xabi does not forget that Bayer Leverkusen was the first team that gave him the opportunity to train in the First Division.. They showed blind faith in him in a very complicated situation: they were second to last in the Bundesliga and, despite having a bad start (one victory in seven games), they never lost faith in him. He is a young coach (42 years old) and is in no hurry. Doesn’t want to take steps two at a time. Already when he was coaching the Real Sociedad reserve team, it was assumed that he would reach the Borussia M├╝nchengladbach bench and, however, he preferred to continue at ‘Sanse’. Last summer he starred in a similar epic. When he was most likely to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, he renewed his contract with Bayer Leverkusen until 2026.

History on the horizon

Xabi has the opportunity to make history and put an end to 31 years without titles in Leverkusen. Only 15 games separate him from winning the League, Cup and/or Europa League. He chooses to make a hat trick. His idea is to continue developing his work in the Champions League. He has a team with a lot of growth potential and is very young: Kossounou (23 years old), Tabsoba (25), Hincapie (22), Frimpong (23), Palacios (25), Wirtz (20), Boniface (23). Many players also arrived last summer, coinciding with their first full season on the bench: Grimaldo, Tella, Kovar, Stanisic (on loan), Arthur, Puerta, Xhaka, Hofmann or Borja Iglesias…

Total harmony with the directive

Xabi Alonso’s harmony with the Bayer Leverkusen leadership is total. He works closely with the Spanish Fernando Carro (executive president) and Simon Rolfes (sports director). “Uli Hoeness said that “in Leverkusen you can think about football day and night.” That’s what we’re trying to do: improve the team and give Xabi the freedom to focus on his work and forget about the rest,” Rolfes told MARCA. .