Bayern confirm deal with Real Madrid over Alonso move
29 August 2014, 12:09
Munich - European champions Real Madrid have reached an agreement with German champions Bayern Munich over the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso, the La Liga giants announced on Friday.
"Real Madrid C.F. and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the transfer of Xabi Alonso," the club said on its website (www.realmadrid.com).
"The player will speak to the media today at 11:00h in the Santiago Bernabeu press room, alongside director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueno."
The 32-year-old, who earlier this week announced his retirement from international soccer after winning one World Cup and two European championships with Spain, is considered as a replacement for the injured Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez.
He passed a medical in Munich on Thursday with Bayern saying terms had also been agreed with the player, whom they want to sign as a straight transfer and not as a loan deal from the Spanish club.
Alonso can help orchestrate Bayern's game from his deep-lying position while also providing crucial leadership with holding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara also out injured.
The transfer of Alonso, who will be Bayern's fifth Spanish player along with Pepe Reina, Juan Bernat, Thiago and Martinez, comes after the club signed Moroccan central defender Mehdi Benatia from AS Roma earlier this week.
Martinez has been ruled out for at least six months with a cruciate ligament tear, forcing fellow Spaniard, coach Pep Guardiola, to look for more defensive midfield options.
Bayern have been drawn with Manchester City, CSKA Moscow and Roma in the Champions League group stage.
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