It’s not often World Cup winning midfielders are available on a free, especially not someone as gifted as Xabi Alonso, however that looks to be the case as Real Madrid seem to have made a hash of the former Liverpool man’s contract situation.
Alonso, 32, had been a key figure under Mourinho, helping Real Madrid to win the Copa Del Rey in 2011 and heavily participating in their record breaking championship winning season in 2012. However, the rumours that surrounded Mourinho’s inevitable exit and the disastrous end to Real Madrid’s season, including a Champions League semi-final defeat and finishing runners-up to city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey, led to Alonso’s contract extension to be put on hold.
The contract was supposed to be sorted during the summer; especially when Carlo Ancelotti was named new Real Madrid boss, however the saga rumbled on and Xabi’s knee injury in August which ruled him out for 10 weeks once again put the extension on hold. The situation had now turned into a farce.
Since overcoming his injury, the Bosque midfielder returned during Real Madrid’s 7-3 demolition of Sevilla and has subsequently been in tremendous form, helping Real Madrid recover from their early season woes to produce some fantastic football. It is no coincidence that Real Madrid haven’t suffered defeat since Alonso made his return.
Ancelotti has pleaded with Alonso to stay, assuring the midfielder that he’s a part of his project, and has been in constant contact with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over the situation.
However, it’s not a simple issue of Alonso extending, the £4m a year salary isn’t the only stumbling block, it’s the attitude in the Real Madrid dressing room which seems to have had its problems ever since Iker Casillas was dropped in favor of Diego Lopez.
According to witnesses, when Alonso, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos pass each other in the hallways, they all look in different directions.
Jose Mourinho has looked on with interest as he knows all about the situation, and is now looking to pounce.
The Portuguese has spoken of his interest and if Spanish newspaper El Confidencial is to be believed Chelsea have already laid down a contract offer in the region of £24m over three years, a quantity that is exceedingly attractive and they only have to wait just over two weeks before they can formally start negotiations.
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