Spanish international to open talks over Bernabeu stay.
Chelsea look set to be dealt a blow in their bid to sign former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid, with Sports Direct News reporting that the midfielder is to open talks over a new contract at the Bernabeu.
The 31-year-old has spent some time out injured this season, leading to speculation that the club may look to move on without him, as manager Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly targeted the likes of Arturo Vidal and Ramires for his midfield.
However, Alonso has now hinted that he could open talks with the Spanish giants over an extension to his current deal, which expires at the end of this season.
This will come as some blow to former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who had hoped to bring the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool have also been linked with a return for Alonso, while Juventus have also reportedly been snubbed by the playmaker as they seek a long-term replacement for Andrea Pirlo.
Alonso has been at the Bernabeu since 2009, and has become a key part of the team, helping them to a La Liga title win in the 2011/12 season.
“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 is quoted as saying.
“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.”