xabi alonso

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he doesn’t know what the future holds for his Real Madrid career.

The Spanish giants have failed to offer the 31-year-old a contract extension on his contract that expires in 18 months time. According to The Daily Mail, he has told reporters in Spain: “There is always a chance I could go back to the Premier League”.

Some Liverpool fans might have hoped Alonso, who spent five years at Anfield before returning to his homeland in 2009, could return to former club Liverpool, but with the age, price and wage of the midfielder, that could be unlikely to happen. Although the player himself has admitted he’d love to return to Liverpool, and would probably favour a move to Anfield, Chelsea seem much more likely suitors.

Why? They’d pay the fee and the wage no problem. They could also offer Champions League football and a chance of winning the league- something Liverpool won’t be offering anytime soon. Chelsea also have a lack of centre midfield options, with Oriol Romeu injured and John Obi Mikel not currently being considered. That leaves only Frank Lampard, Ramires and centre-back David Luiz as options – Alonso would surely add a different dimension to the Chelsea midfield.

The signing of Alonso could also help to improve the form of Fernando Torres. Benitez has already reinvigorated Torres’ Chelsea career and Alonso would definitely further this improvement as they know each other well, and have experience of how each other play.

However, as ideallic as this move sounds, there is a huge potential barrier.

Liverpool fans will point out the bust-up between player and coach following Benitez’s attempt to sell Alonso to facilitate a move for Gareth Barry as a factor to why Alonso won’t be on his way to Chelsea. If the move were to materialise then Benitez and Alonso would have to put personal differences aside, which would seem unlikely.”

With the potential availability of Xabi Alonso, Benitez is sure to be interested. Whether such a move will materialise is debatable.

“What do you think? Could this move materialise or is it simply too far-fetched? Have your say below.”

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This article was first posted on December 31, 2012