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Rummenigge: Xabi Alonso declined being Nagelsmann’s assistant coach at RB Leipzig

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“But that does not mean that he then has to turn down Bayern Munich,” the Bayern CEO teasingly added.

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In recent comments at an event, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that RB Leipzig had offered Xabi Alonso a job as Julian Nagelsmann’s assistant coach (Bild):

I was aware that Xabi received an inquiry from Leipzig about becoming Nagelsmann’s assistant coach.

Rummenigge continued by hinting that Bayern Munich may soon make Xabi an offer he can’t (or shouldn’t) refuse:

To the best of my knowledge, he declined. But that does not mean that he then has to turn down Bayern Munich.

Rummenigge’s admiration for Xabi is evident. Even though he said that Alonso is currently not an immediate interest for Bayern, he left the door open for a return to Munich for the World Cup-winning Spaniard. Rummenigge added,

He was a terrific player, a wonderful person. I always regarded him as a great player personality and as a human being an absolute role model.

Given Alonso’s tactical knowledge as a player and his success as a coach in the Real Madrid youth academy, it would be not crazy to predict him managing a top club in the near future.


BFW Analysis

It is an obvious move by Rummenigge to spill the beans on a domestic rival’s failed transfer approach. While I think Xabi Alonso has a great future ahead of him, I don’t necessarily think he will settle for assistant manager. The fact that he rejected the assistant manager role at Leipzig makes sense. If Nagelsmann thrives, as he likely will, there would be little prospect of becoming head coach. AS, for example, has reported that Sociedad has offered Xabi a role with the intention of appointing him head coach in the near future.