Monday, July 13, 2009

Alonso wants to quit Liverpool

Xabi Alonso has made it clear to Rafa Benitez that he wants to quit Anfield and join the new galactico's era at the Santiago Bernebeu.

If Alonso joins Real Madrid he will be the Fifth big signing for Madrid with the likes of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Raul Albiol already unvieled.

Alonso has stopped short of putting in an official written transfer request but he has made it clear to Benitez that his future lies in La Liga rather than the Premier League.

The 27-year-old is due to join up with his Liverpool team mates on Sunday after being given extended leave following his involvement in the Confederations Cup in South Africa but Alonso and his agent Inaki Ibanez are hopeful that a deal can be thrashed out with Real before then.

But with Real reluctant to spend more than £27m for the Spanish international and Benitez adamant that he will not allow Alonso to leave for that kind of figure, a compromise is some way off.

Alonso could try to force the issue by handing in an official transfer request but the midfielder believes that he deserves to be able to have his future sorted out without taking such formal measures after giving five years of service to the Reds. Real’s public pursuit of Alonso is now becoming incessant with recently appointed manager Manuel Pellegrini becoming the latest leading Bernabeu official to speak of his club’s desire to snap up the Liverpool man.

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