Xabi Alonso has rejected the chance to become Bayern Munich’s assistant manager.
The ex-Liverpool and Spain midfielder hung up his boots at the end of last season after three years with Bayern.
But Alonso opted against taking the position – as did Bayern and Germany legend Philipp Lahm.
Alonso, 35, and Ancelotti have lots of previous of course.
They were together at Real Madrid for two seasons which included collecting the club’s ‘Decima’ – a tenth European Cup – and Alonso finished his career under the Italian at the Allianz Arena, securing a Bundesliga title last season.
Alonso of course has never been slow to remind the Italian of another of the experiences they share, Ancelotti’s AC Milan on the end of Liverpool’s famous comeback in Istanbul in 2005 when the Spaniard scored the crucial equaliser.
Ancelotti wanted more though and has revealed that he offered Alonso the role of his assistant manager at Munich – but had been turned down.
As Bayern returned for pre-season, Ancelotti formally unveiled Frenchman Wlily Sagnol as his new lieutenant but he was not first choice for the position.
Ancelotti, 58, said: “I wanted an assistant who knew the club. I tried to convince Philipp Lahm before the end of the season, I also tried to convince Xabi Alonso. They refused.
“Willy suits perfectly, he has the right profile, he has been successful at Bordeaux, and he knows the players like Coman or Ribery, and he will improve our trainer team.”
Alonso has not yet committed to any new role since his retirement although told the ECHO a few months ago that a visit to Liverpool with his son Jontxu was definitely on the cards this season.
“That’s 100% sure,” he said.
“We are really looking forward to going back. I have heard great things about the new Main Stand
My son is desperate to go. He’s Liverpool born and always asks: ‘Dad. when are we going to Liverpool?’
“I say: ‘Okay, but at the moment I have busy weekends! We will go, don’t worry.’”