​Bayern Munich's veteran playmaker Xabi Alonso has praised incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti as 'a great coach', but admits that outgoing boss Pep Guardiola is the best manager he's ever worked with.

The former Real Madrid star was discussing the two managers when speaking to ​reporters.

"I've already told my colleagues how good (Ancelotti) is," Alonso said.

"He is a great coach, and has had success with AC Milan and Real Madrid in the Champions League."

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Alonso wanted to stress, however, that he and the players were particularly sad to hear the news that current boss Pep Guardiola is set to depart the Allianz Arena at the end of the season. 

On a personal note, Alonso also noted that the former Barcelona manager is the best coach he has worked with in his professional career.

"We all wanted Guardiola to remain," The former Liverpool player reflected.

"He is the best coach I've ever worked with."

The timeless Alonso is still proving himself to be a valuable asset for Guardiola's men, featuring on 22 occasions this season.