Xabi Alonso insists his departure for Bayern Munich has nothing to do with Toni Kroos’ close-season arrival at Real Madrid.
Kroos moved to the Santiago Bernabeu for an undisclosed fee in July, increasing Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield options, and Alonso’s exit was then confirmed on Friday, with the player signing a two-year contract at the Allianz Arena.
However, asked whether the added competition was a factor in his decision, Alonso said: “Not at all. He’s a great player.
“I think we could have played a lot of minutes together.
“It goes beyond that. Real Madrid have everything planned. The midfield is well covered.
“I do not think my absence will be felt. Madrid have a great squad.”
Alonso also revealed he had only become aware of Bayern’s pursuit of him in the past fortnight.
“Bayern’s interest is recent,” he said. “Within the last two weeks.