XABI ALONSO has completed a rapid U-turn and signed a new deal as Real Sociedad B boss.
The former Spain midfielder, 39, was expected to quit the club and take over at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Xabi Alonso has signed a new deal to continue as Real Sociedad B boss for another yearCredit: Getty
Talks were held with the Bundesliga outfit to become the new first-team head coach as Marco Rose prepares to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
But the Spanish side confirmed the ex-Liverpool man penned a contract extension for another 12 months until 2022.
Sociedad took to Twitter to confirm the announcement.
Alonso said: “I want to continue growing with this project.”
He added he has ‘more goals and ambitions this season’ and wants his top-of-the-table team to challenge themselves.
He made 701 club appearances – winning 14 trophies including the FA Cup, two Champions Leagues, LaLiga and three Bundesligas.
Alonso earned 114 international caps between 2003 and 2014 and was a key member of the Spanish side that won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Then in 2019, he headed back to Sociedad as B team boss.
Last season his side finished fifth, just outside of the play-offs, but are top of their Segunda Division B this term with the best goal difference.
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Alonso won 114 caps for Spain, winning two European Championships either side of the 2010 World CupCredit: AFP – Getty