A few days after retiring from the Spanish National team, Xabi Alonso officially completed his transfer to Bayern Munich from Real Madrid today. The 32-year-old played five seasons at Madrid as the backbone of the midfield. During his time at Madrid, Alonso was a consistent starter who was relied upon to keep position and open up the field on offense. On defense, Alonso was known for making tackles and key interceptions to jump-start the Madrid fast break.
With the acquisition of Toni Kroos during the offseason, Alonso’s involvement with the team was up for debate. Despite playing a huge role for Madrid in his five years, club president Florentino Perez seemed to be more in favor of fielding a younger squad to create a longer run of success for Los Blancos. The same situation occurred for Angel Di Maria, who eventually left for Manchester United after his involvement with the team decreased following the signing of World Cup Golden Boot winner, James Rodriguez.
Alonso, who retired playing for Spain earlier this week, looks to have the mindset of wanting to give all he has left for a club. At Bayern, the Spaniard will most likely be a starter with the same responsibilities he had at Madrid. With Javi Martinez suffering an injury, Bayern were in need of a defensive-minded midfielder who could also keep possession. Alonso fits that type of play perfectly and should make a smooth transition under Pep Guardiola.
Although many will miss Alonso, it is completely understandable that the time is right for him to exit the Bernabeau. At Bayern, he will still have a major role for a club and will still play top football as the German side is looking to reclaim the Champions League title after being knocked out in the semifinals to Madrid last year.
Asheer Mahbob is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @el_especial24.