Alonso Olano, Xabier

 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
+ Real Madrid

Bayer Leverkusen made the best start to the season in their history. Coach Xabi Alonso is largely responsible for this. However, Real Madrid are said to have chosen him as Carlos Ancelotti’s successor. But Simon Rolfes, Bayers’ managing director for sport, is relaxed about the rumours: “We both made a clear statement a few weeks ago, so I’m quite relaxed about the whole thing.” Xabi Alonso recently extended his contract until June 2026