Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced that he felt he made the right decision to leave Merseyside for Spanish giants Real Madrid and has been explaining the differences between the two clubs.
In an interview reported by the Express, Real Madrid’s midfield maestro spoke of his decision to leave Merseyside and join what he regards as the greatest team in the world.
The 32-year-old had huge success on Merseyside – winning the Champions League and the FA Cup – and in 2009 became the subject of intense interest from Real Madrid who considered him the perfect midfielder to lead their side through a new Galactico era. The Spanish international made his £30m move to the Spanish capital that same summer, and admitted the timing was right.
He said: "In 2009, I think I made the right decision. After five years at Liverpool, I needed a change.”
The former Liverpool midfielder has since become a great success at Real Madrid, helping the side win La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup.
One trophy which eludes Real Madrid however is that 10th Champions League crown – known as La Decima. Fortunately for Los Blancos, the way Carlo Ancelotti’s team have responded in 2014, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Madrid finally complete their longing top priority this season.
Alonso was eager to speak of Madrid’s desire, and despite acknowledging Liverpool as a hugely successful club, he just couldn’t compare them to his current club – one he regards as the greatest and most demanding in world football:
"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."
"Liverpool have five European trophies, but it is not the same. There the daily life is more relaxed and not so heavy. At Real, pressure and demand are constant."
"But I wanted to see if I could match such a challenge."
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