Xabi Alonso: Leaving Madrid for Bayern the right call

The veteran midfielder is loving life at his new club and believes Bastian Schweinsteiger represents everything Bayern stand for


Xabi Alonso has insisted he has no regrets over his decision to leave Real Madrid for Bayern Munich at the start of the season and is already feeling very much at home at the club.

The ex-Spain midfielder decided to leave the Santiago Bernabeu side following the arrival of Toni Kroos and he has since developed into a key player for Bayern, scoring twice in 21 appearances in all competitions.

“One of the reasons I came was to gain new experience and get to know the Bundesliga and a special club like Bayern. And I can already say it’s been a great career move,” the experienced midfielder told the official Bayern website.

“Settling in has never been a problem for me. When I went to Liverpool 10 years ago, I didn’t need much time to get to grips with things and understand how it all worked. It’s been the same with Bayern. Everything at Bayern is totally professional, but also very relaxed.”

The 33-year-old then went on to voice his admiration for Bastian Schweinsteiger and stressed the Germany international perfectly represents everything Bayern stand for.

“Bastian is a great lad, very friendly and open. We’ve played against each other a few times and there’s great mutual respect and admiration.

“He’s been at Bayern so long, he’s a key player, and he’s achieved so much. He’s a very good representation of what Bayern is about.”