Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso has admitted he could be open to a move to America in the future.
Liverpool fans had hoped that Xabi Alonso would return to the club at some point. It looked a possibility at the start of this season or even at the end of this one. That was until the Spaniard signed a contract extension with Madrid tying him down until 2016. He was a key player at Anfield, and played a big part in their Champions League triumph against all odds in 2005.
Alonso will be 34 by the time his contract runs out at Santiago Bernabeu but has not ruled out a move to Major League Soccer.
The midfielder told France Football "Moving to the USA? I don't reject that in the future. We will see how I feel in two years' time. I don't discount anything - Europe, Real Sociedad or staying longer at Real Madrid if I notice that I still have the physical abilities."
He stops short at mentioning Liverpool there despite mentioning another former club in Real Sociedad. His game doesn't particularly rely on pace, which is something that can gradually reduce with age, but you would expect his range of passing would stay with him. After all it didn't affect Paul Scholes right up until the end of his career.
These comments will certainly excite MLS fans and many clubs will already be making plans for a potential approach in a couple of years time. David Beckham's new Miami franchise are unlikely to be in the league by 2016 otherwise a move for Alonso would have certainly tempted Beckham.
Xabi also opened up about his decision to leave Liverpool in 2009 and he stands by that choice. "In 2009, I think I made the right decision," said the Spain international. "After five years at Liverpool, I needed a change".
"Can you expect anything better than Real Madrid, the greatest and most demanding club? It was the right moment to seize the opportunity.
"Everyday life in Madrid is tougher than in any other team. What the club demands is win, win and win again, and play well too.
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