Bayern Munich completes transfer for midfielder Xabi Alonso



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MADRID — Real Madrid says it has completed the sale of midfielder Xabi Alonso to German champion Bayern Munich.

Bayern had said on Thursday it was close to inking the deal for the former Spanish international.

The 32-year-old Alonso will help fill the void left by the injury to fellow Spaniard Javi Martinez.

Alonso joined Madrid from Liverpool in 2009 and helped it win the Champions League last May. Madrid eliminated title holder Bayern in the semifinals.

Madrid signed Toni Kroos from Bayern this summer, along with Colombia's James Rodriguez, increasing competition for playing time in its midfield.

Alonso is the second important player to leave the European champions this week after Angel Di Maria signed with Manchester United.

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