Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso will stay at the club beyond this season, ending reported interest from the Premier League.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder has stabilised a faltering Leverkusen side since replacing Gerardo Seoane in October 2022.
When he took over, they were 15th in the Bundesliga. They are up to seventh now and can still finish in European places with two games left.
They are also in the semi-final of the Europa League – their first last-four appearance in Europe in 21 years.
The 41-year-old has overseen 17 victories, seven draws and seven defeats in 31 games in all competitions.
Since Alonso took the job, only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have earned more points in the German top flight.
Top European clubs have begun to take notice of his work, but he has dismissed any links and committed himself to Leverkusen for next season.
Alonso said (via Bild): “I’m very happy with the team and the club. I don’t worry about my future.
“I have full focus on what I want. I’ve discussed it with everyone who needs to know.
“I’ve been in football for many years. Rumours are normal, but we still have a lot to achieve.
“That’s why my head is 100 percent here for the last few months. And my head is also 100 percent here for next season.”
Alonso’s statement effectively ends any links to the Tottenham Hotspur job. He was on their shortlist to be their next permanent boss.
Real Madrid are also monitoring him as an option to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
Alonso is fully focused on overturning Leverkusen’s 1-0 loss to Roma from the first leg of their Europa League tie.
They will back themselves to turn things around on home soil against Jose Mourinho’s side.
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