Balague refutes Real Madrid midfielder's transfer to Liverpool

Renowned Spanish football pundit quashed speculation linking out of favour Los Blanco, in demand with Chelsea and Manchester United, with Anfield switch.

Influential deep-lying midfielder Xabi Alonso still has much to offer on the pitch but is rarely afforded the luxury to do so at Real Madrid, featuring in just 412 minutes Of Primera Division football thus far this season.

Understandably, he has therefore been linked with a move away from Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in pursuit of more regular first-team opportunities, with multiple Premier League sides allegedly interesting - Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea (all Daily Star, December 13).

Speculation had begun recently that even implied the 32-year-old had already entered successful negotiations with Brendan Rodgers' Reds, however, the rumour has swiftly been played down by Guillem Balague.

Alonso, valued at £16m by but out of contract at the end of the season, was fundamental to Liverpool's success in the middle of the opening decade of the current millennium and won the Champions League in 2005 as well as the FA Cup the following year. He is a World Cup winner with Spain, a two-time European Championship titlist and earned a La Liga title with Real in 2012.

His experience could be key in Liverpool's current quest for top four status and silverware.

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