Xabi Alonso joins Bayern Munich: Spanish midfielder signs two-year with Bundesliga side
The 32-year-old won the Champions League with Liverpool
Friday 29 August 2014
Xabi Alonso has signed for Bayern Munich from Real Madrid for £5m.
The 32-year-old, who won the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain, has been at Real for five years since he joined for £30m from Liverpool in 2009.
Alonso was part of the Liverpool team to win the Champions League in memorable fashion in 2005, coming back from three goals down to defeat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.
"It was a question of motivation and having finished a cycle," Alonso told reporters.
"We achieved the goal of everyone to win the 'Decima' (10th European Cup victory) last season and I think in many ways that ended a cycle and it is the time to start afresh," he added.
"To be able to give 100 percent, I needed a new challenge if I am honest and I told this to the club."
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