Xabi Alonso (c.) won three Bundesliga titles and the DFB Cup during a memorable three-year stint at Bayern Munich. - © imago
Xabi Alonso (c.) won three Bundesliga titles and the DFB Cup during a memorable three-year stint at Bayern Munich. - © imago
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Former Bayern Munich pass master Xabi Alonso on Jupp Heynckes, Joshua Kimmich and Germany's World Cup chances

Retired Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso says he isn't quite ready to go into coaching, almost a year after calling time on a decorated playing career.

Speaking to Sportbuzzer ahead of Saturday's Legends charity match at Anfield, the 36-year-old - who also represented Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Spain - explained why he won't be succeeding Jupp Heynckes as Bayern boss this summer, talked up the development of former team-mate Joshua Kimmich and weighed up defending champions Germany's FIFA 2018 World Cup chances...

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... beginning a career in coaching at Bayern

"No, no, it's too early (laughs). Maybe in a few years, but definitely not now. I'm happy not to have the pressure at the moment. I'm not ready for such a big challenge."

... the prospect of Heynckes extending his Bayern stay

"I was surprised when he was appointed, but I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to continue in the job. I'm sure he'll have spoken to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß, and they'll work out who's the best fit for Bayern. If they decide it's Heynckes, they'll be right about it. I've got the utmost respect for him."

... Kimmich

"I'm delighted with how Joshua Kimmich has developed. He's a fantastic lad. I was close to him at Bayern, and I follow him now. If he carries on like this, he's going to have a massive future ahead of him."

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