Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich legend Xabi Alonso has confirmed the “next step” in his journey in football.
Alonso officially retired from football at the end of last season, following a three-year stint at Bayern Munich.
The defensive midfielder confirmed in an Instagram story that he wants to pursue a career as a manager.
“After 17 years in the game, I have considered my next step in the career. I have decided to go into management,” he said on his Instagram page.
Alonso has very clearly been enjoying his retirement, as is evident below.
21st century legend
The 35-year-old is one of Europe’s most decorated footballers of the 21st century. Among many other honours, Alonso won the Champions League with both Liverpool and Real Madrid, before going on to win three consecutive Bundesliga titles at Bayern Munich.
Alonso was also instrumental in helping Spain win two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.
It’s not entirely clear where Alonso will begin his managerial career, although a few have suggested he may take up a coaching role at his first club, Real Sociedad.
One thing is for sure, Alonso will definitely not be a ‘tracksuit manager’.