Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso reveals management move

Xabi Alonso of Spain
Image: Xabi Alonso won 114 caps with Spain

Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his intention to get into management.

Alonso called time on his playing career after the 2016-17 season, having won 114 caps for Spain and lifted the Champions League with Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The 35-year-old had been working towards his coaching badges after ending his three-year stay with Bayern.

And now he has revealed on Instagram that he plans to turn his hand to management.

"After 17 years in the game, I have considered the next step in my career," he said. "I have decided to go into management. Find out [where] soon."

Alonso started his career with Real Sociedad before joining Liverpool in 2004. He made 210 appearances for the Reds and won the FA Cup and the Champions League.

He left in 2009 for Real Madrid, where he again won the Champions League, as well as La Liga in 2011/12. Alonso then finished his playing career with Bayern, winning the Bundesliga three times after joining in 2014.

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At international level he won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

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