Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso has announced his intention to venture in the managerial arena.
In a video story on Instagram (see below) the Spaniard said:
“After 17 years in the game, I have considered the next step in my career. I have decided to go into management…find out where soon!”
What a tease.
Back in the summer Alonso hung up his boots following a hugely successful career during which he played for the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern munich, and of course Spain, winning 17 major trophies including the World Cup, European Championships, Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga.
The 35-year-old, who has been working on his UEFA coaching badges, is now eager to transfer his abundance of experience and knowledge over to management, but the destination of his first managerial job is open to debate.
Xabi Alonso confirms his next step in football. 🤗 pic.twitter.com/Myqj7A20sR
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 25, 2017
Speculation is circulating that he could return to former side Real Sociedad, or even take up a role at Liverpool, with the club’s U18 side managed by his former skipper and fellow Reds icon Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard once had this to say about his ex teammate:
“If, totally hypothetically, I was going to become Liverpool manager one day I know who I’d love to have as my assistant: Xabi Alonso (or Jamie Carragher)”
(Via My Story & Empire of the Kop)
Xabi Alonso Specials (Ladbrokes)
16/5 – To one day manage Liverpool
5/1 – To one day manage Spain
28/1 – To win the Premier League with Liverpool
40/1 – To manage in the Premier League during the 17/18 season
66/1 – To replace Jurgen Klopp – 66/1
Alonso has played under some of the world’s best managers – Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez, and Vicente del Bosque – and it was the now Man City boss Guardiola who predicted that the midfielder would go on to become a manager: