Spanish newspaper AS has reported Real Madrid are stepping up efforts to renew Xabi Alonso’s contract.
That’s terrible news for Chelsea, his former club Liverpool and any other side that has an interest in the Spaniard because it increases the chance that he will never leave the Bernabeu for the rest of his career.
The player’s current contract expires next summer and the possibility of picking up an experienced midfielder has been well publicised with Alonso linked to several clubs across Europe.
However, AS has suggested Real Madrid are getting ready to give Carlo Ancelotti what they call his ‘Christmas gift’ with the current situation of the club and the player pointing towards an obvious contract extension.
“Furthermore, Ancelotti has already said that the best Christmas gift would be his renewal. Not surprisingly, since his comeback last October 30, the team has taken a quantum leap: seven wins, one draw, 32 goals for and nine against,” reads a translated version of the report in AS.
Alonso has featured in eight matches across the Champions League and La Liga this season following a spell out with injury after he picked up a broken foot towards the end of last summer.
He’s come back into a very talented and very aggressive Real Madrid midfield and has offered a little bit of balance in the middle of the team, which has allowed the more creative players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale the freedom to go and express themselves.
The only slight glimmer of hope for any side interested in signing him (and it’s a very slight glimmer of hope) is that regulations on the status and transfer of players state that Alonso is free to sign a contract agreement with another club from January 1.
“A professional player will be free to sign a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or will expire within six months,” reads the rule also included in the report.
However, the whole story from AS suggests that there is no real problem in an imminent renewal for Alonso at the Bernabeu and any side interested in him is best off moving on and looking at another more available and realistic option.
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