Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed that Bayern Munich wanted to sign him ‘badly’.
The 32-year-old former Spain international joined the German champions late in the summer transfer window.
Bayern reportedly paid £5 million as transfer fee for a player who is widely considered as one of the best in his position in midfield.
Alonso was a key player for Madrid last season and helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
Madrid had no plans to sell the former Spain international, but Bayern’s desperation to sign him saw Alonso request the Spanish giants to let him leave to play for Pep Guardiola’s team.
‘It was no easy decision but I thought that the right moment had come’, he told Goal.com. ‘Real Madrid are a big club. Now I had the chance to get to know another big club, in a new country, to experience new things. For me, it was the last chance to join Bayern.
‘When I had made up my mind, I talked to the club officials at Real. They respected my decision and wanted to support me. Pep Guardiola wanted me badly and that was really important for me’.
Alonso has taken to the Bundesliga like a duck to water. In six appearances in the league, the former Real Sociedad star has created nine chances and has an astonishing pass accuracy of 90%.
Bayern are currently at the top of the Bundesliga table with 17 points from seven matches, four points clear of their nearest challengers.