Alonso enjoying life in Germany

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The former Galactico has been an instant hit for the Bavarians, winning five man of the match awards in the eight matches he has played so far, and has averaged the most passes per game in any of the top five European leagues thus far this season.

“I’m loving it,” Alonso told TZ of his time in Germany thus far.

“I’ve adapted to the team well, I’ve got a great relationship with the coach and I talk to him a lot to find out what he wants from me. It’s easier, because I’ve come to a winning club, which is what Bayern is.

“It was a surprise to be so important to the team from the start, I hardly knew the side. But here the language is football.”

The 32-year-old left Los Blancos with just three days remaining in the transfer window after five successful years at the Bernabeu, and admits it was tough leaving the Spanish capital.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” he said. “It would never be easy to leave Madrid, because it’s a top club. But I felt it was the right time.

“I had the chance to go to another top club in another league. It was maybe the last time to have experience something new.

“I’ll always be very thankful to the club. Maybe the decision came late, but that’s how it was."

The Spanish stalwart denied leaving Madrid following the arrival of German international Toni Kroos.

“People talk a lot,” he said. “I wanted a fresh start, in a new city. I felt it was the best thing for my career. It didn’t have anything to do with new players arriving because I knew Ancelotti had faith in me and I was going to play an important role.

“There was absolutely nothing I didn’t like at Madrid. It was just that I wanted and needed something new.”

There is a possibility that Alonso could face his old club in the Champions League at some stage, and Alonso says he won’t mind coming up against his former team mates.

“There’s a high chance we’ll meet again,” he said. “If that happens I’ll face it like a professional, fighting for my club. I don’t have a problem playing Madrid.”

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