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Xabi Alonso responds to Real Madrid job rumours: “Still have a lot to achieve”

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Xabi Alonso has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in the managerial market recently following his excellent stint at Bayer Leverkusen this season.

Although Die Werkself are not yet in contention for the top four spots in the Bundesliga so far, Alonso has earned many plaudits for managing the team well and establishing an identity within the Leverkusen side.

That has led to links of a move away from Leverkusen in the coming summer, with Real Madrid among the clubs keeping close tabs on his situation. Tottenham Hotspur, too, are scouting the young coach, as they look for a replacement for Antonio Conte next season.

However, in a recent interview, Xabi Alonso has poured water over hopes of a potential move to Real Madrid or Tottenham Hotspur, suggesting he would like to remain at Leverkusen next season.

“I’ve been in football for many years, rumours are normal but we still have a lot to achieve,” he said (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

“That’s why my head is 100 percent here for the last few months. And my head is also 100 percent here for next season,” he added.

Alonso’s comments about his future are hardly surprising as one major reason behind his Leverkusen job was the long-term project he had embarked upon. Although B04 are prone to losing coaches, he wanted to build something great at Leverkusen right from the beginning.

However, this could play into the hands of Real Madrid. Amid speculations suggesting Carlo Ancelotti’s prolonged stay at the club, the Spanish giants might just prefer Xabi Alonso stay at Leverkusen beyond 2023, before potentially joining Real Madrid in 2024.

That is when Ancelotti’s contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires, giving Alonso the chance to build something great at another one of his former clubs.

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“Heartbreaking” – Real Madrid superstar reacts to Euro 2024 final loss to Spain

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Jude Bellingham’s Euro 2024 campaign came to a heartbreaking end as England slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Spain in the final.

Bellingham was one of the better players for England in what was a hard-fought affair at the Olympiastadion. However, the Real Madrid star was not able to get his team over the line, with England conceding a late winner from Mikel Oyarzabal.

Jude Bellingham on Euros defeat

Bellingham was visibly disappointed at the result and was seen storming off the pitch and even kicking a drinks cooler in frustration.

Speaking to a press after the defeat, Bellingham expressed his thoughts, calling it a ‘heartbreaking result’.

“We all wanted nothing more than to make history and make people of England proud but we didn’t deliver. Going forward we will analyze it, it’s a young group,” he said (h/t Daily Mail).

Heartbreaking end to Euro 2024 campaign for Bellingham (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bellingham was indeed one of the more important players for an England side, which was criticised by many for their underwhelming performances

However, the Real Madrid star also looked at the positive. “It’s disappointing because we have to deliver at some point but there are things we can take from this,” he said.

“As a team, we will take the positives and negatives and we have to find a way to get it over the line,” the midfielder added.

While the defeat to Spain was certainly a blow for young Bellingham, the Englishman can hold his head up high, as he is coming on the back of a tremendous campaign that saw him secure the La Liga and the Champions League title.

For now, Bellingham will be looking forward to an extended summer break, before shifting his focus back to Real Madrid ahead of the new season.

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