Midfield genius wants to leave!
Respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has revealed Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has told Rafa Benitez to allow him to move to Real Madrid.
The Spanish journalist who is a regular expert on Sky Sports’ ‘Revista de la Liga’ suggests at the moment the deal is in danger of falling through because of Liverpool’s lofty valuation of the former Real Sociedad star, yet Balague intimates it might be better for all concerned to let the 27-year-old leave Anfield.
Writing on his official website, Balague said: “It is true that Real Madrid are getting a little impatient with the situation (Alonso transfer saga) and they would like to find a solution as soon as possible – not only with Xabi Alonso but they would like all of their transfer activity complete before pre-season in around two weeks time.”
Balague also suggested the relationship between Alonso and Benitez is nearing a breaking point.
The esteemed journalist continued: “Their relationship may have reached breaking point: Rafa decided to sell him last summer and the player accepted the situation. However, when there were no concrete offers that matched Rafa`s valuation, Xabi was told he would be staying. Xabi was previously asked to sign a new deal and he did so.”
“The player now feels it is time to move on and he has asked Rafa to release him so that he can pursue fresh challenges.” (Sport.co.uk)
Guillem Balague is a well respected journo and is usually pretty much spot on with his thoughts on the comings and goings of players, especially Spanish ones so this will not come as good news for Liverpool fans hoping that Xabi will stay at Anfield.
In many ways you can’t blame Alonso given that Benitez was all ready to offload the midfield maestro last summer in order for the manager to chase Gareth Barry so now the boot is on the other foot it would seem churlish to stand in his way, the only thing the club must ask for is a fair sum of money and that could be the big stumbling block as the La Liga giants appear to be keen on unsettling the player rather than paying the price that seems very reasonable.