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Breaking: Former Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso officially named Bayer Leverkusen manager

The former midfield maestro will be employed by Die Werkself.

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Hello hello, Xabi!
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Update: 1:05PM EST — Alonso named new Leverkusen manager

What has been rumored is now official, former Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso has officially been named manager at Bayer Leverkusen:

ℹ️ #Bayer04 and Gerardo #Seoane go their separate ways. World and European Champion @XabiAlonso becomes the new head coach of #Werkself.

Bayer Leverkusen are in a similar funk to what Bayern Munich were a couple weeks back. Gerardo Seaone, who previously coached Young Boys in Switzerland, has been in the hotseat for some time now, but 2-0 losses to Bayern in the Bundesliga and FC Porto in the Champions League may have been the final nail in the coffin for the Swiss coach.

According to Marca (via @B/R Football), Leverkusen are looking at former Bayern and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso. The ex-Real Madrid and Liverpool passing machine has most recently coached the B team of La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, which he has done for the past three years. Now, it looks like he might return to Germany as a coach for Leverkusen.

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Alonso played for Liverpool and Real Madrid
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Leverkusen seem to have fast tracked the process of changing their coach because Fabrizio Romano also reported that Seoane is about to get sacked soon and will be replaced with Alonso. Per Romano, an official statement from the Westphalian club is imminent. Could Xabi be the one to save Leverkusen’s season?

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