Xabi Alonso will not be returning to Liverpool as he is happy at Bayern Munich, insists club chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Alonso joined Liverpool in 2004, winning the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup the following season and becoming one of the finest central midfielders in Europe.
The Spaniard left the Reds in 2009 for Real Madrid amid a shroud after Rafael Benitez kept fluttering his eyelashes at Gareth Barry. Alonso has since joined Bayern Munich, but has been linked with a return to Anfield in recent weeks.
Bayern chief Rummenigge has rubbished such talk however, insisting that Alonso, who has made 21 appearances for the Bundesliga leaders so far this season, is happy in Germany.
“Recently, I had a talk with Xabi. He feels very good at Bayern Munich and in the city of Munich too,” Rummenigge said.
“He signaled to me he is interested in staying in Munich. Rumors he would plan to leave are wrong.”
Alonso himself discussed his future, with his contract at the Allianz Arena expiring in the summer.
“I have not made a decision yet, neither for Bayern nor against,” the midfielder said. “Even concerning the end of my career I have not set a limit.
“I am pleased about the positive signals. I am happy to be at the club.
“I can feel the respect, this is important. Now we will see what happens.”