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Rummenigge tips Xabi Alonso for Bayern Munich comeback

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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expects Xabi Alonso to return to the club someday in the future.

After a trophy-laden three years at Bayern, Alonso hung up his boots in 2017 and has since returned to Real Madrid to embark on a coaching career.

The former midfielder has just finished his first campaign in charge of Los Blancos’  U-13 team.

Despite his limited experience, however, Rummenigge claims that Alonso turned down an offer to be an assistant coach at RB Leipzig.

“I mentioned the name Xabi Alonso recently, but he will be no head coach in the next few years,” he told Bild.

“He was a terrific player, a wonderful person and he‘s a trainee now. I was only aware of this because Xabi had a request to work as an assistant coach for Julian Nagelsmann in Leipzig.

“My knowledge is he refused the offer.”

But Rummenigge reckons the ex-Liverpool star could yet return to Bayern in some capacity in the future.

“But that does not mean that you have to refuse an offer of Bayern Munich,” he said.

“The assistant coach is a topic on which the head coach has to decide. I thought that this great player was an absolute role model as a player and person.

“We are interested in keeping in touch with such people at Bayern Munich if they embark on a career path that involves football.

“As I said: It was not regarding a head coaching position, but I can imagine that he can eventually make his way to Bayern Munich.”

He added: “I think if you played football that strategically smart, intelligent and well like he did, you automatically had a lot of good coaches who trained you. And when you combine that with your personality, you know: he will go his way.”

No problems with Niko Kovac

Meanwhile, Niko Kovac’s future as Bayern’s head coach has been frequently questioned amid a lacklustre start to his maiden campaign.

However, the Croatian has brushed aside his early struggles with Bayern boasting a four-point lead over Borussia Dortmund ahead of the final two Bundesliga matches.

Therefore, Rummenigge insists there are no problems with Kovac at the Allianz Arena.

“I have always said: At Bayern Munich, you have to deliver. That goes for everyone, the coach, the players, the management, everyone,” said Rummenigge.

“Our whole system is based on success. We have continuously developed and sustained success since the 1970s. I have no problem with him at all. He also said it: we have no problem at all. But success comes first at Bayern and that’s necessary, too.”

MUNICH, GERMANY – MARCH 13: Niko Kovac, Manager of Bayern Munich looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Liverpool at Allianz Arena on March 13, 2019 in Munich, Bavaria. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)