He retired from football in 2017 after playing just four games for West Ham. His last game at the Santiago Bernabéu was against Valencia in the 2015-16 season, with the entire Bernabéu paying tribute to him. A big farewell, like others like Raúl, Casillas, Redondo or Hierro did not. It was on May 8, 2016. He left as one of the symbols of Mourinhismo after training in the Madrid quarry from 2001 to 2006. With the first team he played 238 games in the last seven seasons, in which he won a Champions League, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup, a League, two King’s Cups and a Spanish Super Cup. With the National Team, he won a World Cup and two European Cups, Arbeloa has won 1 World Cup and 2 European Cups. After hanging up his boots, he found a place in the club. First as a commentator on Real Madrid Television, then as an ambassador for the club (accompanying Militao in his presentation, for example) and now as the Infantil A coach at La Fábrica.
The Infantil A of Real Madrid was the team that Xabi Alonso coached before he went to train at Real Sociedad. Arbeloa replaces Juan Carlos Duque in office. It debuted this Saturday with a victory, winning 5-0 at Getafe B, in a match corresponding to the second day of the league championship. The first, in which Real Madrid’s Infantil A played against Atlético de Madrid A, was postponed. The goals were scored by Yáñez (2), Paulo Iago (2) and Reyes. It was an easy triumph for the new coach, who started this stage as a coach after winning the UEFA Pro title at the end of July (Fernando Torres, Sergio García, Etoo, Rafa Márquez and Miguel Torres were in his promotion).
His relationship with Mourinho
“Spartan friends, there were far fewer in Thermopylae than we are to be today. But we are going to hear much more than them because you are the best. Madridistas, what is your profession? I want you to be heard tonight because the players are going to die for you and you have to die for them. Hala Madrid! ”, This was Arbeloa’s speech to the Madridistas gathered in the fan zone in the final in Kiev. The figure of Arbeloa has always been associated with Mourinho and no one rules out that they may form a tandem on a bench in the short-medium term future. “Mou was always a bulletproof vest for the players. He did not care that his image was damaged in order to protect us. He always had a hand on his shoulder for whoever needed it, if that someone corresponded to him and gave himself to the maximum, of course “Arbeloa said.