• Tolisso can replace Alonso at Bayern – Ancelotti

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    Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti believes off-season signing Corentin Tolisso is capable of replacing retired great Xabi Alonso.

    Tolisso, 22, joined Bayern from Lyon for an initial €41.5-million in June, signing a five-year deal with the Bundesliga champions.

    Ancelotti has high hopes for the one-time France international, saying he could replace Alonso, the Spain great, who retired after the 2016-17 season.

    “Tolisso is a really good midfielder in our opinion. He was one of the best midfielders in the market,” the Italian said on Saturday.

    “He is a really complete midfielder, good passing, forward, really well-positioned defensively and also, in my opinion, a lot of opportunities to improve.

    “He’s still young, he did well in Lyon, but I think with us he can improve more. He’s going to complete our midfield.

    “Also I have to say that [Sebastian] Rudy is a really good signing because Rudy tactically is really good. We are going to have a lot of competition in this position. But with a lot of games, I think all have the possibility to play.

    “I think that Tolisso also has a good profile to replace a player like Alonso.”

    Tolisso came through the youth system at Lyon before making his debut in 2013, going on to feature more than 150 times for the French giants.

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