Transfer news: Chelsea and Manchester City 'target' Xabi Alonso ends speculation by signing new Real Madrid deal
Local media reports the former Liverpool midfielder has agreed a two-year extension
Wednesday 08 January 2014
Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has agreed a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid, local media reported today, without identifying their sources.
The 32-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season and the lack of an announcement of a new contract had prompted speculation Alonso might accept a lucrative offer from a Premier League club, with Chelsea and Manchester City mooted as possible destinations.
He has agreed a two-year extension with an option for another year and will be paid a net salary of £5m-a-season, Spanish media said.
Real were not immediately available to comment on the reports.
Alonso's poise and passing ability have been crucial to the Madrid club's success in recent years and Carlo Ancelotti's side have looked vulnerable when he has missed games through injury.
He is in his fifth season at Real having joined from Liverpool in 2009.
Latest in Sport
Jay Hart sex tape: Non-league footballer sacked after being filmed having sex with unknown blonde girl in manager's dug-out
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Radamel Falcao to Liverpool: Agent of Manchester United striker 'makes contact' with Anfield
Cesc Fabregas in Premier League title dig at Arsenal after pointing out '27 year wait'
Manchester United 2015/16 kit leak: Orange and black strip likened to former Chelsea jersey emerges online
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 5 Cancel Sky at your peril: man spends 96 minutes in chat but fails to get rid of service
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate