Saturday, May 23, 2009

Alonso to stay "A Red" next Season

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso could be on the verge of playing his last game for the club this weekend as speculation once again grows surrounding the Spaniard’s future at Anfield.

Alonso looked set to leave the club last summer in the wake of Rafa Benitez’s unsuccessful bid to sign Aston Villa skipper Gareth Barry but he remained on Merseyside and has been one of Liverpool’s star performers this season.

Benitez is reported to be still interested in Barry, while the club may need to off-load players in order to finance a £10 million bid for Portsmouth and England full back Glen Johnson.

Liverpool have also been linked with Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez and Valencia winger David Silva but Benitez knows a budget of around £30 million will not cover his transfer targets.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s presidential candidate Florentino Perez is said to be keen to take Alonso to the Bernabeu if elected to power next month.

However, Liverpool have denied that Alonso is up for sale and the prospect of his departure would certainly not go down well with the club’s supporters.

A Liverpool spokesman said: “There has not been contact from anyone and Alonso is not for sale.”

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