The former Spanish midfield maestro has found himself at the centre of speculation, with ties to his previous clubs amid his successful leadership at Leverkusen, who currently top the Bundesliga unbeaten.
Rumors swirled suggesting a contractual clause allowing him to depart Leverkusen in 2024 for one of these clubs. However, Leverkusen’s CEO, Fernando Carro, disputes this, yet refrains from assuring Alonso’s prolonged stay.
Under Alonso’s guidance, Leverkusen’s unbeaten streak in the league comprises 10 victories and a solitary draw. Their dominance extends to the Europa League, topping their group with an impeccable four wins from four matches.
Regarding the alleged release clause, Carro, citing Ben Jacobs, stated, “No, but you don’t need a clause. We have a very, very good relationship with Xabi and he knows we are a serious club. And at the end of the day, we’re not going to force someone to stay if he doesn’t want to stay. We want him to feel so happy and so good with us that he really only wants to stay and this is our objective.”
“There is nothing on paper [allowing Xabi to leave for a former club]. But sometimes agreements that are not on paper are agreements as well. We know if he needs to do a move in the future we will be able to talk with each other. And I hope we will not need to do this because he will stay and be happy at Leverkusen.” Carro added.
Alonso’s future remains intriguing, especially with ties to Madrid. Speculation also hints at a return to Anfield or Munich, albeit less likely given Klopp and Tuchel’s current tenures. For now, Alonso focuses on an improbable Bundesliga title chase with Leverkusen.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen performance and stats
In the last 11 games, it has won 10 times and drawn once. In its last match, Bayer 04 Leverkusen won 4-0 against FC Union Berlin.
It has a positive goal difference after scoring 34 goals and conceding 10.