Xabi Alonso will retire at the end of the season
The 35-year-old has been considering his future in recent months but he will now hang up his boots at the end of the season.
Explaining his decision he told Bayern's website: "It was not an easy decision, but I think it's the right moment,"
"I always wanted to stop earlier than too late. I feel good, but I think it's the right time.
"I wanted to finish my career at the highest level and Bayern is the highest level.
"I am very proud and happy to play with Bayern and be a part of this family."
He shared the news on Twitter with a photo of himself and the caption: "Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game."
Lived it. Loved it.
Farewell beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/1aSN7GGNzZ
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 9, 2017