Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has spoken out on a number of issues including the manner in which he left Real Madrid.
"It wasn’t an easy decision," said Xabi Alonso when questioned by TW, in an interview via AS, over why he left former club Real Madrid for Bayern Munich just three days before the closure of the summer transfer window.
Alonso spent five trophy-laden seasons at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, pocketing a La Liga winners medal in 2012, a brace of Copa del Rey prizes and, in his last full season, the Champions League - Real Madrid's coveted La Decima.
"It would never be easy to leave Madrid, because it’s a top club," he added. "But I felt it was the right time.
"I had the chance to go to another top club in another league. It was maybe the last time to have experience something new. That’s why I took a few days to make up my mind and I talked about it with Madrid, who were very understanding. I’ll always be very thankful to the club. Maybe the decision came late, but that’s how it was."
On whether his desire to leave Los Blancos was fueled by the club's acquisition of pass master Toni Kroos, Alonso stressed: "People talk a lot. I wanted a fresh start, in a new city. I felt it was the best thing for my career. It didn’t have anything to do with new players arriving because I knew Ancelotti had faith in me and I was going to play an important role.
"There was absolutely nothing I didn’t like at Madrid. It was just that I wanted and needed something new."
Alonso was also asked about the contrasting styles between Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid team and Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.
"The construction of the moves is different," he said.
"Here we try to build play slowly, looking for the best position in which to play the ball into the box, while the style at Madrid is a lot more direct, with so much potency in attack. When Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Gareth] Bale get the ball they go straight for goal.
"Here we develop the attacks more."