Germany legend Lothar Matthaus reveals why he believes Xabi Alonso will snub jobs at Liverpool AND Bayern Munich this summer
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Germany legend Lothar Matthaus reveals why he believes Xabi Alonso will snub jobs at Liverpool AND Bayern Munich this summer

Mar 9, 2024
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  • The 42-year-old took over at the BayArena in October 2022 with the side 17th
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Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes that Xabi Alonso will decline all offers this summer in favour of remaining with Bayer Leverkusen. 

Alonso has gained admirers for his extraordinary work with the Bundesliga outfit, taking them from their relegation-threatened position last term to eight points clear at the top of the German top-flight. 

The former Liverpool star is aiming to guide Leverkusen to their first-ever Bundesliga title, while they are also in the semi-final of the German Cup and the last-16 of the Europa League, having navigated the first seven months of the campaign without defeat. 

Their incredible form has seen Alonso linked with jobs at Liverpool and Bayern, which will be available at the end of the term as Thomas Tuchel is leaving, while there is still speculation that he could move to another of his former clubs, Real Madrid

But Matthaus is convinced that the 42-year-old will choose to stick it out at the BayArena next term. 

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus is convinced Xabi Alonso will turn down offers from up to three European giants this summer

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus is convinced Xabi Alonso will turn down offers from up to three European giants this summer

Bayer Leverkusen temporarily moved 11 points clear at the top of the table after their 2-1 win over Mainz on Friday night

Bayer Leverkusen temporarily moved 11 points clear at the top of the table after their 2-1 win over Mainz on Friday night

The 42-year-old Alonso is wanted for the soon-to-be vacant managerial roles at Liverpool and Bayern Munich

The 42-year-old Alonso is wanted for the soon-to-be vacant managerial roles at Liverpool and Bayern Munich

‘His dream may be to one day coach Bayern, Liverpool or Real Madrid,’ he said. ‘But, in my opinion, he is not done at Leverkusen yet. Xabi is not someone who gets carried away by big names, he has celebrated too many successes as a player for that.

‘He, in addition, is not going to be guided by the economic aspect. What matters to him is what he has built and who he has built it with. He knows where he comes from and what he owes to others. That’s why I don’t think he’s going to sign for another club next season.’

Alonso has been disciplined in his refusal to answer questions on his future as the end of the campaign draws ever closer. Before that, he has his sights set on his first trophies as a manager to add to the haul he earned during his playing days with the likes of the three European giants now chasing his signature. 

Matthaus, who made more than 400 appearances for Munich, ultimately hopes the former midfielder will choose the Bavarian giants, insisting Alonso is the perfect fit for the club. 

Munich boss Thomas Tuchel will depart the Allianz Arena this summer after enduring a tumultuous period at the club

Munich boss Thomas Tuchel will depart the Allianz Arena this summer after enduring a tumultuous period at the club

‘I can’t think of any coach in Europe or the world who fits Bayern Munich better than Xabi Alonso,’ he added. ‘But Alonso is focused on Bayer Leverkusen and I think that is good.

‘[He] is not yet interested in Bayern Munich, nor in Liverpool or Real Madrid. He is only interested in winning three titles with Leverkusen in the next two and a half months.

‘The way he was a player, he is the same now as a coach. He is true to his character. The stories that are unfolding now and in the coming weeks and months don’t matter to him. He has no pressure and can take things easy.’



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