Xabi Alonso spoke to the press in the pressroom at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Basque player said goodbye to Madrid's fans: "I want to say thanks to the fans. From the first day they've helped me feel at home and they gave me the respect and warmth that a player needs. I'm leaving this team, but I will never stop being part of the Madrid family".
THE BERNABÉU IS VERY SPECIAL AND MY MEMORY WILL BE ETERNAL.
“The club did not want me to go, it was my decision and I asked them to understand. From respect and good communication, the club didn't share my idea but they understood my need to start a new chapter, to start from zero in a new club".