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Bayer Leverkusen hand Liverpool big blow in Xabi Alonso pursuit

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Bayer Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes has insisted he’s “certain” Xabi Alonso will stay on the membership past this summer season.

Alonso has masterminded an outrageous season on the helm of Leverkusen, whose emphatic 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich on the weekend left them firmly in management within the Bundesliga title race.

His efficiency has caught the attention of Europe’s elite sides however few have been linked with Alonso as strongly as Liverpool, who will bid farewell to Jurgen Klopp in the summertime and have been tipped to make a transfer for his or her former midfielder.

Requested if he was assured Leverkusen would be capable of hold maintain of Alonso past this season, Rolfes instructed Sport1 he was “certain” earlier than itemizing three causes for his confidence.

“One is the contract setup,” Rolfes started, referring to the very fact Alonso is beneath contract till 2026. “The opposite factor is how snug he feels, his household and himself, and he is aware of what he has on this membership.

“He has an excellent staff, we could have an excellent perspective subsequent yr and there might be no change to the staff.”

Xabi Alonso

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90min understands Alonso’s contract with Leverkusen does embrace a launch clause which is relevant solely for the Spaniard’s former golf equipment – Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Actual Madrid. Stories elsewhere place the clause at between €15m-€18m.

Madrid stay dedicated to Carlo Ancelotti, who just lately signed a brand new contract, however Alonso is a number one candidate for his different former employers.

Whereas Liverpool positively want a brand new supervisor, Bayern may additionally be out there after an underwhelming season which may finish with out Bundesliga honours for the primary time since 2012, with present boss Thomas Tuchel but to win over followers.

Leverkusen have didn’t win simply 4 video games in all competitions this season and haven’t tasted defeat in any respect because the remaining day of the 2022/23 marketing campaign.

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