Xabi Alonso has taken his first steps into management after taking charge of the Real Sociedad B team.
The former Spain midfielder retired from playing two years ago after successful stints at Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
He begins the next chapter of his career at the La Liga club where he began his glittering career 20 years ago.
“I am very excited and eager to help the future of the Real. I am very happy to return,” he said. “I think there were many reasons to return, both sports and personal. Everything counts.”
“As a player I liked to prepare and control matches, and as a coach I would like my team to be dynamic and adapt to the circumstances of the moment.”
“I’ve had great coaches and I’ve learned something from them all, but then everyone has to have their own style.” he added.
“My goal is to enjoy my career, but I can not control how far I will go. That will tell me the day to day. La Real is the best place where I can be. I feel at home.”