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Bayern watching Xabi Alonso’s managerial career with interest after comparisons to Pep Guardiola

Rummenigge and Alonso
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Bayern Munich are reportedly watching Xabi Alonso’s managerial career with great interest after the former player was compared to legendary manager Pep Guardiola.

Alonso called time on his playing career four years ago, after helping Bayern to their record fifth consecutive Bundesliga title. The 39-year-old won three Bundesliga titles, a DFB Cup, and DFL Supercup during a three-stint in Germany after joining from Liverpool in 2009.

The former Red got his coaching badges in 2019 and took charge of Real Sociedad B in Spain, and has made a big impression so far.

Speaking on a special Xabi Alonso podcast, Spanish football writer Colin Millar said, “Alonso has come into Sociedad and made such an impression early on. It was always clear when you watched him play that he could move into coaching because he was very smart and very intelligent.

“Rafa Benitez, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti – this is a guy who’s spent time at top clubs and managers with a range of styles. The general consensus is that he has taken a bit out of all of them.

“Real Sociedad have more players coming through than any other club in LaLiga and that is what Alonso is being tasked with doing – and he is already doing it.

“He is already being credited with developing players and it is fair to say that Martin Zubimendi, who is playing for Sociedad and is also an U21 international with Spain, a holding midfielder and deep-lying playmaker, is one of them.

“You can immediately see that Alonso’s techniques and methods are telling players what to do.”

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also previously dished out praise for Alonso and admitted the Bundesliga club might consider him as a coaching option in the future.

Speaking to Bild’s podcast in September, Rummenigge stated, “He will be a coach who may be of interest to FC Bayern at some point in the future. I can imagine that.

“(Alonso) has this empathy that you need — especially with today’s generation of players to spin such a common thread with them.”

Liverpool are also reportedly interested in their former player, albeit as a potential replacement for Jurgen Klopp.