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Update: Xabi Alonso to Borussia Mönchengladbach is not a done deal

In an unexpected turn of events, former Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso will allegedly be the next manager for Die Fohlen.

Xabi Alonso Alonso Arrives At Audiencia Provincial In Madrid Photo by Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press via Getty Images

Update (1:50PM EST)

Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk is walking back his earlier report that Xabi Alonso will be the next Borussia Mönchengladbach manager:

What does this mean? Perhaps, the initial report from Falk was premature or perhaps M’Gladbach is just taking a bit more time to work out the finer details.

Either way, stay tuned.

Per a report from Bild (behind the Bild+ paywall), former Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso will take over for Marco Rose as Borussia Mönchengladbach’s new manager for the 2021/2022 season.

Rose, of course, will be leaving Die Fohlen to take the reins at Borussia Dortmund after this season ends. Christian Falk dropped a tweet teasing the report and Goal journalist Ronan Murphy followed with the news:

Murphy’s follow-up tweet ended the suspense on who the candidate would be:

Alonso is currently the manager for Real Sociedad B in the Segunda Division in Spain. At 39-years-old, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid star is highly-respected and was often talked about in Bayern Munich circles as the type of player who would eventually move on to be a great manager.

If this report is true, we should soon find out if those predictions are proven to be correct.

A move to Borussia Mönchengladbach would certainly be a big step for Alonso, but his familiarity with the language, country, and league should be a big asset to him during this potential transition.

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