According to reports in The Express, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stepped up his interest in the former Liverpool midfielder and the Portuguese manager is now permitted to negotiate with the midfielder.
Xabi Alonso, 32, has been a regular in the Real Madrid midfield, yet following a couple of injuries and the whole Mourinho leaving saga towards the end of last season, contract extension talks were put on hold.
The contract was then initially going to be offered as soon as Carlo Ancelotti was named new boss, however a further knee injury ruled out the World Cup winner for another 10 weeks and contract talks once again stalled.
Real Madrid’s performances were weak at the start of the season, losing to both Barcelona and Ateltico Madrid Los Blancos found themselves eight points adrift of the leader – a massive gap when you consider the consistency of the top two.
Coinciding with Alonso’s return, Real Madrid ran rampant in a 7-3 victory over Sevilla and have since gone undefeated, closing the gap at the top to five points.
One of Alonso’s team-mates has certainly kept up his unbelievably high standards, and Real Madrid’s iconic number 7 Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded with his Spanish colleague to ignore interest from Premier League club Chelsea and sign a new deal at The Bernabeu. Football Espana reports:
"That's a messy situation which the president has to deal with, I don't want to know about it. But there's always a solution to every situation. Death is the only thing for which there is no solution. He's 32, there's nothing I can tell him. But I hope he stays with us."
Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled as self-centred and selfish in the past, however in this instance he can evidently recognise the influence that Alonso has on the side in terms of controlling the tempo and maintaining possession. Averaging 66.1 passes per game with a success rate of 90.2%, he is the busiest player in Real Madrid’s squad on the ball.
Chelsea’s interest in the player has been well documented by Spanish press over the past few weeks, with London side willing to offer a higher salary, it will now take some convincing from the Madrid-based side in order to tie Alonso down and stop him from moving to the Premier League this summer for free
image: © cogocogo