The speculation surrounding the future of Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso rolls on with no conclusion to new contract talks appearing closer.
Alonso has missed a large chunk of this season through injury and with his contract due to expire this coming summer, it was only natural there would be debate over his future as he battled to get back into the team on a regular basis.
“It’s extremely intense playing in this team, in both a good and a bad sense. You’re constantly in the public eye. The pressure, the demands and the responsibility are far greater here - Fortunately, I’ve always felt loved by the club and the fans,” he told Fuera de Serie-Magazine.
It would be far easier for Alonso to walk away from the club, rejecting a new deal if he didn’t feel desired by Los Blancos.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez have both been very clear in their desire for the midfielder to stay put, despite the massive amount of midfield talent that Real Madrid have available.
Ancelotti in particular has never strayed from his original view that it will only be a matter of time before Alonso signs on the dotted line because he’s a valuable member of the first team.
The Italian is quite right. That level of maturity and experience that Alonso provides in the middle of the team is the perfect accompaniment for someone like Isco, a younger and much feistier player.
“I want to win silverware with Real Madrid, followed by the World Cup,” he added.
So based on that, there are two very clear and obvious scenarios.
Firstly, he’ll sign a new deal before the end of the season, probably a deal which will keep him at the club for the rest of his career. Secondly, he’ll walk away as a free agent and based on his comments and feelings about Real Madrid, that would be very surprising.