Madrid man looking likely to pen new Bernabeu deal.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea look set to miss out on signing popular Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso after it emerged that he will likely pen a new deal to stay with Real Madrid, according to Sports Direct News.
The former Liverpool man’s current contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he would be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club that would allow him to join someone else in the summer.
Chelsea had been interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge after boss Jose Mourinho worked with him during his own spell at the club, whilst United failed to land a creative midfielder of their own over the summer, and had identified him as the ideal candidate to spark some life back into their season.
However, sources in Spain suggest that he is close to agreeing new terms with the club and coach Carlo Ancelotti has spoken publicly over how much he wants him to stay.
“I can say that Xabi Alonso has been the key to this (winning streak),” he said.
“He is a very important player for this team and his quality and experience is vital.
“He has the ability to see the bigger picture and I can see a lot of myself in him, although if I had to compare us then his quality of pass is better. He’s slow like me but is technically superior and doesn’t have a problem with age.
“Take (Andrea) Pirlo, who is similar. At 35 he is still doing well and in their position age doesn’t matter, yet for others it could. At right-back, for example, you need to be right physically and in peak condition.
“In the middle it is more about skill, intelligence, tactical know-how and is not as physical.
“I believe everybody knows how important it is but I’m not concerned, although it would make a great Christmas present for me if Xabi renewed.”
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