Bayern Munich chairman reveals the player who will replace the retiring Xabi Alonso

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Although many fans could see it coming, Xabi Alonso finally called time on his career last week with a classy tweet.

The legendary Spanish midfielder will hang up his boots at the end of the season, but the treble is still very much on for the German heavyweights and he'll want to go out with a bang.

Bayern are well stacked in the midfield area with Thiago, Joshua Kimmich, Phillip Lahm, Javi Martinez, Renato Sanches, Thomas Muller and Arturo Vidal all capable of marshalling the middle of the park.

Still, there is still no one quite like Alonso.

After winning just about everything there is to win in the game for club and country, the 35-year-old has been long regarded as one of the finest passers in world football.

So what do Bayern plan to do without their orchestrator? Do they plan to shell out some big bucks or do they already possess his successor?

Chairman and club legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed who is the heir to the Alonso throne.

"Our plan is for Renato Sanches to follow in Xabi Alonso's footsteps," the Bayern supremo told Sport Bild.

"That is the reason why we signed him ahead of this season.

"He definitely has the quality for it, although we might have to be a bit patient."

Sanches isn't a like-for-like replacement for Alonso, but then again, not many players on the planet can stroke a ball around like Alonso.

The Portuguese youngster moved to the Allianz Arena from Benfica following Euro 2016 in a deal worth an initial €35 million, which could potentially rise to €80 million.

He won the 2016 Golden Boy award, but he is far more athletic and comfortable beating players than Alonso ever was during his career.

At 19-years-old, Sanches can certainly be coached into the role. Let's hope he plays close attention to Alonso while he still has the chance.

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