Xabi Alonso reiterates commitment to Real Sociedad amid Arsenal and Manchester City links

Xabi Alonso and potential Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
Fledgling coach Alonso is believed to have already racked up several admirers (Picture: Getty)

Former midfielder Xabi Alonso will not be quitting Real Sociedad to join the backroom teams at either Arsenal or Manchester City, instead reaffirming his commitment to the Spanish side.

Mikel Arteta is the frontrunner to take over at Arsenal and Alonso has been mooted either as a potential member of his compatriot and friend’s backroom team at the Emirates, or as his replacement under old boss Pep Guardiola at City.

Alonso has been in charge of Segunda Division B side Real Sociedad B since the summer, guiding them up to third place in the table – six points off top spot – with a 53% win rate.

Mikel Arteta in the frame to take over at Arsenal
Arteta could even be in charge of Arsenal in time to face old club Everton (Picture: Getty)

The 38-year-old, who has known Arteta since they were kids, has also been linked with a return to Bayern Munich, but he insists he has received no offers and believes his coaching development is best served at Sociedad.

Asked if there was anything true in the interest from Bayern, he told Mundo Deportivo in a new interview: ‘No. I’m here at ease, my head is only here.

‘I have no other thoughts. No proposal has come to me and I am where I want to be.’

Alonso started his playing career at Sociedad and speaking about his return he continued: ‘I’m very happy. After finishing my career as a player, being able to start another one and return to Donostia [San Sebastian], to my club, seeing how things are being done, is a pleasure.

‘Things are going well. I’m just starting, I’m enjoying it and it’s serving me well.

‘When the club and I decided to work here, everything made sense. Over time you reaffirm that it was a good decision.

‘I have fitted in with the players since arriving and I am working to acquire knowledge, experiences, getting it right, making mistakes, correcting and then gradually finding the way.’

Arsenal chiefs visited Arteta at his home after Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City and he is believed to have had a final interview with Josh Kroenke since then, though Alonso seems unlikely to be convinced to leave Sociedad to join him at the Emirates anytime soon.

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