Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has suggested Xabi Alonso may not be leaving the club this winter after all.
The 31-year-old is closing on a return to the Real Madrid first team following a broken foot and Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that the Spaniard remains a very important player for the club.
The former Liverpool man has been strongly linked with a move back to Anfield, as Florentino Perez confirmed earlier this season that players would have to leave Real Madrid due to the club’s spending over the summer.
However, if Ancelotti gets his way then Alonso may be given the chance to try and earn himself a new contract beyond this season.
“For us he is a very important player, for the style of play we have. Illarra has improved a lot, but he is still very young, he doesn't have the same experience, though he has impressed me in his last two games,” Ancelotti told Marca.
Alonso has not made an appearance for the club this season and hasn’t appeared in a Real Madrid shirt for 165 days and counting.
However, he is back in training following a broken metatarsal and there have been suggestions that he could feature in tomorrow’s La Liga clash against Sevilla at the Bernabeu.
If Alonso does feature and he plays well, however long he’s given on the pitch, it may reduce his chances of leaving the club even further.
What Real Madrid have always had in their midfield is players who dominate with their presence and Alonso is definitely someone who can pull the strings and control the pace of any game.
With the World Cup looming next summer, his chances of making Spain’s World Cup squad to go to Brazil will be improved if he manages to nail down a starting role in the Real Madrid first team.
Liverpool could still move for him but it’s unlikely to be this January. The most likely scenario for Brendan Rodgers picking up the player would be on a free transfer when his contract expires next year, if he doesn’t do enough to earn himself a new deal.
Ancelotti clearly admires and respects him so he’ll get chances, the rest is down to the player.
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