Returning Blues manager Jose Mourinho was thought to be especially keen on bringing the Spanish midfielder back to the Premier League, having worked closely with him at Real Madrid for the past three seasons.
Liverpool also held out hope for bringing their former midfielder back to Merseyside, with the club’s supporters still holding Alonso in incredibly high esteem following his departure from the Reds in 2009.
However it appears neither club are set to get their wish, with reports from Spain suggesting the 31-year-old is close to extending his contract at the Bernabeu.
New Real boss Carlo Ancelotti sees the Spanish World Cup winner as an integral part of his plans, while Alonso himself insists he remains happy in La Liga and is excited by the prospect of working with Real’s new director of football Zinedine Zidane.
“I think the new signings this summer have been good for the team and the important thing is that we have built a base,” Alonso said.
“I’m sure each new player will contribute and the more options the coach has, the better. I think we know each other well. We have been together for some time now. We are feeling very good about the season and have the highest of expectations.
“I have always admired him [Zidane] a lot. He is someone every footballer looks up to. I’m very motivated about working alongside him because of everything he has achieved and experienced.”
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