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Granit Xhaka has revealed what makes Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso a ‘new generation’ of manager.
Former Arsenal captain Xhaka has played a big part of their success, starting every game for Alonso’s side in the league since his £21.5m move last summer.
The Swiss international in an interview has hailed Alonso for the positive impact he’s having at the German side.
He said: ‘Xabi was an unbelievable midfielder. He won everything except the Europa League – because he never played Europa League.
Granit Xhaka has hailed Xabi Alonso’s influence on Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season
Leverkusen are four points clear of Bayern Munich going into the second-half of the season
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‘But he’s an example of a new generation of coaching I think. He’s not only in the meetings and (in front of) the tactical board, but he’s showing himself.
‘Passing for example. His passing is going on social media and of course it’s a different feeling when you are his player because you see what he means.
‘To have someone like this, with this experience, with this personality, gives you a lot of confidence and do much more than you did before.’
Alonso’s work at Bayer Leverkusen has led to him being touted as a potential Real Madrid or Liverpool manager of the future after legendary spells at both clubs during his playing career.
Though it could be some time before both jobs become available, with Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp both under contract until 2026.
He joined an underperforming Leverkusen side last season and got them playing fast, attacking football – guiding them to a sixth placed finish and the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Granit Xhaka has played a starring role since his £21.5m move from Arsenal last summer
Xhaka’s seven-year stint at Arsenal came to an end last summer and the midfielder has played a huge role in helping his side climb to the top of the Bundesliga table, as well as finish top of their Europa League group.
Leverkusen’s Bundesliga campaign gets back underway on January 13 away at Augsburg.