Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has agreed a deal to become manager of Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer.
The ex-Spanish international is in charge of Real Sociedad’s B team but will return to Germany in June to take the top job at Mönchengladbach.
Alonso will replace Marco Rose, who signed a deal last month to become Borussia Dortmund manager at the end of the season after activating a clause in his current contract.
Gladbach were challenging for the Champions League places before Christmas but have fallen to 10th in the Bundesliga after an alarming downturn in results.
Alonso won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern after being signed by Pep Guardiola in 2014 and ended a glorious playing career three years later.