The Spanish International is out of contract come May 2014 but officials at the Bernebeau are confident of an extension to be put in place soon.
Xabi Alonso is close to agreeing a new 2 year deal with Real Madrid which will extend the midfielder’s stay at the Bernebeau to 2016. An injury lay-off for nearly a total of five months due to a groin operation over the summer and then a broken saw Alonso miss the confederations Cup in June and the start of the season. Subsequently, contract negotiations were put on hold but with the long term absence of Sami Khedira, Carlo Ancelotti has made the contract renewal of the experienced midfelder a priority according to an exclusive report by Spanish daily, Marca.
After making his comeback at the end of October, Alonso was quoted as saying –
“Now is the moment to begin to talk to the club about my future,” the Basque said after making his comeback at the end of October. While I was not fit I did not feel up to talking. I have good communication with the club.”
At the ripe age of 32, recovery periods tend to be for longer durations and given the grave nature of the injury, there were underlying fears that the World Cup winning midfielder would not re-discover his past form which had seen him become an indispensable part of the Madrid starting XI. But Ancelotti has placed his faith in the midfielder, raving about his ability to render balance to the Galacticos midfield –
“I see myself in Xabi Alonso. He is slow like me, but he has more quality in his passing. He is the key to our midfield.”
The Italian also stated that he hopes an agreement is reached sooner rather than later –
“The club are talking to him about renewing his contract and I hope he is happy to stay. His renewal would be the perfect Christmas present.”
The extension will see the midfielder bag close to 6 Million Euros, becoming one of the top earners at the Bernabeau behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s Ikay Gundogan has been lined up as a potential replacement, with flying reports about the player already having a pre-agreement in place with the club adding more fuel to the speculations. These rumours though were later denied by the player’s father himself who categorically stated that there has been no contact with the Los Blancos over a potential move.