Bayer Leverkusen coach and former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso doesn’t have a release clause in his contract with the German club, according to Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro. Several reports published in the press suggested that Alonso had included an affordable release clause in case Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were to approach him, but Carro said otherwise in an interview with TalkSport.
“A release clause for Alonso? No, you don’t need one. We have a very good relationship with him and he knows we are a club who takes matters very seriously. We won’t force anyone to stay here if they don’t want to. We want him to feel happy with us so that his only wish is to stay,” said Carro.
Carro is apparently implying that they would let Alonso leave the club, assuming that his new destination is willing to pay some kind of money for that transfer. Needless to say, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern or whoever is interested in appointing Alonso as their new manager, they would have to negotiate with Leverkusen first, as the German club should not be expected to let Alonso leave for free.