Xabi Alonso’s stance on taking Bayern Munich job over Liverpool emerges | Football | Sport

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Liverpool have been handed a significant boost in their pursuit of Xabi Alonso, with the Bayer Leverkusen manager reportedly favouring a return to Anfield over replacing Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich. Both sides are firmly in the race to secure the signature of the Spaniard, though the Reds appear to be in pole position to acquire the services of their former midfielder.

Jurgen Klopp announced in January that he was set to step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season. The former Borussia Dortmund boss admitted that he was ‘running out of energy’ in the Anfield dugout and felt he needed to take responsibility for his departure given that the higher powers at the club have stood by him through thick and thin, meaning it was unlikely he would ever be sacked.

Sporting’s Ruben Amorim and Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi have both been linked with replacing Klopp in Merseyside, with Germany international manager Julian Nagelsmann also believed to be a candidate who is under consideration.

Alonso is Liverpool’s top managerial target though, having been impressed by how he has revolutionised Bayer Leverkusen and guided his side to the top of the Bundesliga without tasting defeat in 21 league matches.

Bayern Munich are also keen on the ex-Real Madrid playmaker though, with Tuchel failing to win over the support of his squad and the higher powers at the Allianz Arena. The German giants look set to battle it out with Liverpool for Alonso at the end of the season as a result, though the Premier League side holds the advantage in the race at present.

According to Foot Mercato, the 42-year-old favours joining the Red over Bayern at the moment, though he is aware of interest from both clubs. Liverpool’s certainty over needing a new manager, due to Klopp’s early announcement, is also viewed as an advantage given that Tuchel could still turn things around at Bayern.

Alonso has remained coy on the speculation over the past few weeks, insisting that he remains focused on the task at hand with Leverkusen. The German outfit are top of the table and thus winning the title before departing could be the ideal way for Alonso to part ways with the side which provided him with the platform to showcase his managerial ability.

The higher powers at the BayerArena have claimed that there is not a release clause in Alonso’s contract and therefore any move would need their seal of approval, though reports claim that the ex-Spain international is free to leave the club in favour of returning to one of his former clubs (Liverpool, Bayern and Madrid).

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