Xabi Alonso takes his first steps towards management as he returns to Real Madrid to work with the Under 13s
- Xabi Alonso has begun his journey into coaching with former club Real Madrid
- The 36-year-old has taken up the role of coach of the ‘Infantil A’ youth side
- The former Liverpool star has always stated his desire to try out life in the dugout
Xabi Alonso has taken his first steps towards management by taking charge of Real Madrid‘s Under-13 side.
The 36-year-old has returned to his former club as he bids to complete his UEFA coaching course.
As the final part of his programme, the former Spain international, must complete a 12-month stint with a youth team and he will oversee the running of Real’s ‘Infantil A’ side at their academy in Valdebebas.
Xabi Alonso shook hands with his new side as took up his first coaching role at Real Madrid
The 36-year-old was seen in discussion with one of his assistants at the base in Valdebebas
XABI ALONSO’S C.V. AS A PLAYER
1999–2000 Real Sociedad B
2000–04 Real Sociedad
2000–01 Eibar (loan)
2009–14 Real Madrid
2014–17 Bayern Munich
His first day was documented in a video posted online by Spanish sports newspaper AS, the clip starting with Alonso shaking hands with the young players.
He then talked the young proteges through a series of drills, discussing notes with his assistant while decked out in his new coaching tracksuit – his initials ‘XA’ emblazoned on his chest beside the club’s crest.
He is not the only former player to return to ‘La Fabrica’ in order to pursue a different path in football.
Both Raul and Santiago Solari are employed by the Spanish giants, the pair looking after the Cadete B and Castilla sides respectively.
Alonso has never made any secret of his desire to experience life in the dugout.
He has a wealth of first-hand experience to turn too as well, having played under some of the best managers in the game.
Alonso watches on as his ‘Infantil A’ side go through one of the drills he has incorporated
The former Spain international was a key player for Real Madrid between 2009 and 2014
The former midfielder lifted the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 under Rafa Benitez, while his time at Real Madrid saw him win trophies under Jose Mourinho.
At Bayern, during the final years of his career, he came under the tutelage of both Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, Alonso visited Guardiola’s Manchester City base earlier this summer to catch up with his former coach and seek some tips from the champions’ training sessions.
Alonso lifted the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, while playing under Rafa Benitez