Bayern Munich finalizes acquistion of Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso

Friday August 29th, 2014

Bayern Munich has completed its acquisition of midfielder Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid, the club announced Friday.

Alonso, 32, will sign a two-year contract with the two-time defending Bundesliga champions. He took his physical with the team on Thursday before the move was made official.

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Alonso played five seasons for Real following a 2009 move from Liverpool. He had signed a new two-year contract with Real in January.

The Spanish midfielder announced his retirement from international soccer earlier this week. During his time with Spain, he was a member of two European Champion teams, as well as the 2010 World Cup-winning squad. He scored 16 goals in 114 games for Spain.

Bayern is 1-0 in the Bundesliga this season.

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