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Xabi Alonso pens contract extension with Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso has pledged his future to the German giants by penning a contract extension, as confirmed by the club.

His current contract was due to expire next summer, but he has now extended it until 2026.

“We overcame resistance together and created the best of all perspectives,” said Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes.

“The current contract extension is an expression of great appreciation and mutual trust,”

Alonso made a big impact after his appointment in October, helping Die Werkself recover from a poor start to the season to become one of the most exciting teams in Europe.

The Spaniard weathered the storm at Leverkusen and created a formidable unit that finished sixth in the Bundesliga last season.

They also reached the semi-finals of the Europa League before losing to AS Roma.

Alonso’s work has caught the attention of his former club Real Madrid, who have lined up him as the successor to Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian manager is widely expected to leave after the 2023/24 season for the Brazilian national team, and Los Blancos want Alonso to replace him.

Madrid would have hoped to secure his services for free, but they will now have to pay a significant compensation fee to facilitate his return to the Spanish capital.

The 41-year-old recently commented on the rumours regarding Madrid, hinting about a potential move in future, but he is currently focused on his objectives at Leverkusen.

All eyes are on Leverkusen after an impressive last season, and they could be genuine title contenders in the Bundesliga and Europa League next season.

Leverkusen have signed Granit Xhaka, Jonas Hofmann, Alejandro Grimaldo and Victor Boniface to strengthen their squad this summer.

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