Former Liverpool player Xabi Alonso has returned to his roots in an attempt to connect with supporters of his beloved Real Madrid.
The Spaniard spent eight years playing for the club in the early part of his career and – following a four-year spell at Liverpool – he is returning for a short spell as the team’s fitness coach.
Alonso will take over as the programme’s head of performance and altitude training for the remainder of the season, with expectations being that he will also apply for a coaching position next summer.
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“I love this club more than anything else and, when my last year at Liverpool was coming to an end, I had considered doing something different.
“Real Madrid gave me my first real professional contract. I’ve spent some of the best years of my life here, and I hope I’ve been able to achieve more through my good and bad experiences.”
In his role Alonso will be looking to instil a work ethic within a team whose Christmas fixture list reads: Valencia, Real Sociedad, Levante, Villarreal, Sevilla, Girona, Sevilla and Celta Vigo.