Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we are eager to discover the future of former Liverpool ace Xabi Alonso.
The Spaniard’s current contract expires at Real Madrid in the summer which has led to thoughts that he could return to England.
Interestingly, the initial suggestions in the bar yesterday indicated that the 32-year-old Spanish international was all set to agree a new deal to keep him with the Bernabeu club as Carlo Ancelotti admitted he wanted to keep hold of Alonso.
However Jack Wilson from the Daily Star is on hand to offer further hope that we could see a return for the midfielder to the Premier League next season as he suggests that his future with the La Liga club remains uncertain, although we should have an answer ‘very soon’.
Real are not prepared to put any pressure on Alonso, with mounting interest from England and Serie A and a fresh start could suit Alonso who has spent the four seasons in Spain since his move away from Anfield in 2009.
Ancelotti confirmed at the weekend that he willing to be patience with the midfielder, saying: “We are waiting for Xabi’s decision.
“He is very relaxed, we are talking, I have talked to him, the club is talking to him and I think he will decide very soon what he has to do,” added the Italian.
“It is not a priority, the priority is to keep the good results and good matches going.
“The priority is to win games and play well up until the Christmas break.
“After that, Xabi Alonso’s contract renewal is important for everyone, for the club, for the team.”
Alonso could fit the bill at Old Trafford as David Moyes seeks authority and control in the centre of the park while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants a reunion with the player he managed at Madrid.
Will we see Alonso gracing the Premier League again? Let us know your thoughts below.
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