Chelsea and Liverpool target looking to stay

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi AlonsoReal Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has insisted that he is keen to stay in the Spanish capital, despite interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.

The 32-year-old playmaker has been linked with a return to England – where he represented the Reds – in recent weeks, with his future at the Bernabeu far from certain.

Alonso’s current contract expires at the end of the season, and following the arrival of Asier Illarramendi – a player in a similar mould to the experienced campaigner – rumours have suggested that he may be allowed to leave for free next year.

This alerted his former club, Liverpool, as well as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho – who worked with the midfielder while at Real.

But, Alonso has insisted that now he is returning from injury he is ready to discuss a new deal with the club:

“Now it is time to begin talks about my future at the club. While I was injured it did not feel right to talk.” He told MARCA.

“I am grateful for the fans’ respect and warmth, it means a lot to me. I am very happy. The past five months have been difficult.”

Alonso has spent five months on the sidelines through injury, but returned to first-team action in Real’s 7-3 win against Real Sociedad.

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