Ancelotti Surprised By Alonso's Departure
Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, says Xabi Alonso's move to Bayern Munich caught him by surprise.
Alonso signed for teh Bundesliga champions earlier in the week and made his debut on Saturday against Schalke and the Italian says everybody at the club was talking about it.
"Everybody at the club talked to Xabi about it," Ancelotti told reporters on Saturday.
"He explained it well. He said he needed another motivation.
"Clearly it was a surprise. It was all quiet here, but Xabi decided to go. We were surprised but, as I said, we respect him a lot. He was very honest with the club.
"All Madrid fans and players see him leave in high regard. It was very difficult to change his mind. Considering what Xabi has done for the club, you cannot just say: 'No, you can not go'.
"I wish him luck, I think he was a very important player last year for us to win the Champions League and Copa del Rey.
"However, we are in a very good position anyway because we have Asier Illarramendi and Toni Kroos who can be useful in that position this season."