Xabi Alonso has long been linked with a return to England, with his former club Liverpool and his former coach Jose Mourinho both regularly touted as willing suitors for the Spanish midfield.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Alonso is strongly tipped to leave Real Madrid. But Premier League fans may not be seeing the player on as regular a basis as previously suggested, with his former club Real Sociedad seemingly high on the list of potential destinations.
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial has run stories in the past claiming Jagoba Arrasate’s side are a realistic option for the 31-year-old.
Indeed, the Sociedad manager went on record in the build-up to his side’s match against Real this afternoon to say he wished Alonso was still with his side.
And now the same newspaper considers today’s La Liga match as a reunion between Alonso and the club he may soon be turning out for once again.
El Confidencial claims that should Alonso leave the Bernabeu he is likely to choose between Sociedad and Chelsea. This despite reports back in September claiming Brendan Rodgers had been given the green light to bring him back to Anfield in January.
Despite missing much of this season through injury, Alonso is reportedly seen by Carlo Ancelotti as vital to Madrid’s success. Set to start this afternoon, he will be temporarily reunited with a team he once represented with aplomb.
And what price him pulling on the blue-and-white shirt again in the future, leaving both Liverpool and Chelsea disappointed?
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