The Portuguese boss took to Instagram to wish the Spanish pair luck in their post-football careers

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has posted an Instagram tribute to retiring duo Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa.

Arbeloa announced his retirement on Saturday after spending one season at West Ham, while Alonso had previously announced his intention to hang up his boots following the 2016-17 season with Bayern Munich. 

Former Real Madrid defender Arbeloa retires

Mourinho, who coached both players during their spell at Real Madrid, wished both all the best in their post-playing careers on Instagram.


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“The end of one career and the beginning of another,” Mourinho said. “With the same success with the same dignity. Football needs Men.”

Arbeloa responded in the comments section, saying: “A heartfelt thank you, sir. It was a pleasure to learn from the best, a pride to fight at your side and an honor to win a friend like you. There is a before and after thanks to you. Eternally grateful, Eternally Mou. Big hug!”