Xabi Alonso “an intelligent strategist” – Bayer Leverkusen’s Simon Rolfes

Bayer Leverkusen have appointed Xabi Alonso (40) as a successor to Gerardo Seoane after the latter was dismissed with just two wins in 12 across all competitions this season.

Speaking on the appointment, B04’s Simon Rolfes said: “In Xabi Alonso we have brought in a coach who was an absolute world-class player for many years, an intelligent strategist and extremely successful at three of the most demanding European leagues.”

Both Alonso and B04 reached an agreement quickly. The 40-year-old added: “I know Leverkusen as an outstanding club from my time in Germany. Bayer 04 always had great players and I see a lot of quality in the current squad. In my discussions with the club it quickly became clear that ambitious targets are still the aim in spite of the current difficult situation. This job really attracts me and I’m sure we can live up to expectations.”

Alonso’s first game in charge will be against Schalke on Saturday.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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