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Bayern star confirms retirement date

German Bundesliga By: Olakunle Brown | 09/03/2017


Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed that he will retire from football the end of the current season.

The 35-year-old World Cup winner with Spain is an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s Bavarians and he is into his 18th season as a professional.

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Alonso, who has picked up an amazing 114 caps for La Roja may end the 2016/17 season with the Bundesliga title and the UEFA Champions League so his side are hot favourites for both Cup competitions.

"It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I believe it’s the right time. I always thought it would be better to quit sooner rather than later. I still feel good, but I believe this is the right moment,” Alonso told FC live.

"I wanted to end my career still at the highest level, and Bayern is the highest level. I’m incredibly proud and happy to play for FC Bayern and to be a part of this family."

Alonso has won two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich including the DFB-Pokal, and DFL-Supercup. The Spaniard also won the UEFA Champions League for Real Madrid and Liverpool among other titles in his very successful career.