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
- 1 Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Christian blogger says she will not wear leggings in public because they entice men and cause them to look at her 'lustfully'
- 4 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
- 5 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes