Stephen Dunmoye

Former Spanish international, Xabi Alonso has been announced as Bayern Leverkusen new manager on a two-year deal.

The announcement was made on Leverkusen’s Twitter handle with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid star replacing Gerardo Seoane.

According to Alonso after the appointment, ”I know Leverkusen as an excellent club from my time in Germany. #Bayer04 has always had great players, I also see a lot of quality in the current squad. This task excites me a lot.”

Alonso takes his first job in management at the top level, having previously worked with the reserve side at Real Sociedad B.

The 2010 World Cup winner got the junior Txuri-Urdin side promoted to the second tier for the first time since the 1960s.

Bayer Leverkusen is currently in 17th position, having won just one of their matches, just as in the Champions League.

Alonso will be back in Spain before too long, as Leverkusen travel to face Atletico Madrid in the coming weeks in the Champions League.