Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso has made it clear that he won’t be pushed to accept decisions made by others, particularly amid speculation linking him to the Real Madrid job.
Real Madrid has been connected with various top-tier coaches in recent months as they contemplate the successor to current manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose contract expires in the summer of 2024. Xabi Alonso is one of the leading candidates to follow the Italian at Real Madrid. However, the former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is in no rush to leave Bay Arena for one of the most coveted managerial positions in the world.
Speaking to The Guardian, Alonso said: “It depends on if you want to be pushed to take other people’s decisions. or if you want to make your own decisions. And so far I’ve been clear. I will make my own decisions when I feel it is the right moment for whatever. So that’s going to happen for sure.”
Earlier in the season, Ancelotti had praised Alonso for his tactical understanding. Despite such acknowledgments and consistent links to top managerial positions, Alonso has consistently played down talks of managing Real Madrid in the future.
Beyond the Spanish giants, there have been rumors linking him to potential roles at Liverpool and Bayern Munich, potentially succeeding Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, respectively.
Speculations even suggested the presence of an exit clause in Alonso’s contract, allowing him to pursue new challenges if approached by any of his former clubs. However, Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro dismissed these rumors.