Thursday, September 3, 2009

Alonso departure planned a year ago

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he planned to quit Liverpool from the moment manager Rafa Benitez tried to sell him last year.

Benitez had wanted to off-load Alonso to Juventus in July 2008 to raise money to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.

Alonso was disappointed to hear that Benitez was willing to let him go and resolved to leave when the right opportunity arose.

That finally happened when he joined Real for £30 million in August after revealing to Benitez that he wanted to leave the Premier League club.
"It was a very difficult decision for me to make," he told.

"After five years I have experienced wonderful nights at Anfield, to have experienced the support of probably the best fans in the world.
"That's why I have always been very grateful and I will always have them in my mind and it has been a pleasure.

"Last year the club proposed me that I might have to be sold to find funds for new players.
"It was a difficult decision or difficult moment to accept that. I accepted that as a professional and that moment probably changed my mind and I thought that maybe from that moment that maybe it was time for a change."

Alonso has since admitted that his relationship with Benitez deteriorated when he demanded to leave but the Spanish international reveals that their relationship was always a professional one.
"There has been a lot of rumours but I have always said that it has been simply a professional relationship," he said.
"I have always tried to do what he asked to do. What he asked of me on the pitch to do the talking on the pitch and that's that as far as that."

1 comment :

  1. What a load of rubbish, frankly this guy is creeping under my skin now. For four seasons he was an under achiever and as soon as he realized he might be sold gave it his best. Now if he had played like that all along, Rafa wouldn't had to sell him to raise funds. Even than it's not Rafa's fault the cheap owners don't pay up for new players so for Alonso to blame Rafa is really pathetic, we weren't born yesterday to understand What happens. In Rafa we trust YNWA