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Alonso is attracting interest from Chelsea

Xabi Alonso is back on Chelsea’s radar as Mourinho looks to reunite himself with the former Liverpool midfielder.

According to the reports in English newspapers The Express and The Mirror, Mou wants a new addition in central midfield and sees the Spaniard as perfect cut price but quality option.

Despite an unconvincing start under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea are still in the race for three separate trophies, having secured FA Cup progression on Sunday.

Alonso is out of contract at Real Madrid this summer, and despite much back and forth, still hasn’t signed a new deal with Los Blancos.

During Mourinho’s three-year spell in the Spanish capital, Alonso was one of his greatest advocates and it’s believed that their mutual respect could see the 32-year-old move to Stamford Bridge rather than return to former club Liverpool.

That, plus Chelsea’s needs in the centre of midfield, could see Mourinho move for the World Cup winner this month, for a nominal fee.

Real Madrid supporters will be less than impressed if Alonso is allowed to leave however.

Keeping up with the Chelsea transfer news, Nigerian international defender Kenneth Omeruo has left Stamford Bridge to join Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Nigerian international, 20, played a starring role for the Super Eagles in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations success and also took part at the Confederations Cup.

Despite having 14 caps for his country, Omeruo is still to make his debut for the Blues.

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Xavi: Eternal critic of Mourinho

Barcelona Star Xavi Slams Mourinho Tactics

Long time critic of Mourinho, Xavi has again slammed the tactics used by the Portuguese.

The Spain international, who was regularly critical of the Portuguese while he was in charge of Clasico rivals Real Madrid, insists Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff are examples of coaches who want their sides to play football in the right way.

“Pep Guardiola is an important person for me – Jose Mourinho is a coach who focuses only on results,” Xavi told Panenka magazine.

“He says he is ‘The Special One’ because he won this and that in so many countries but I do not like the way his teams play. Who remembers the Inter side who were champions of Europe? For me, he has not left a legacy, unlike Cruyff has in the Netherlands.”

Xavi also criticised former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, who guided the Blues past Barca in the Semi Finals of Champions League on their way to winning the competition in 2012.

“Di Matteo was the same [as Mourinho],” the Barca icon argued. “He won the Champions League, but from my point of view that team didn’t play at all.”

Xavi concluded his interview by hailing the tiki-taka philosophy of Barca.

“I am happy playing for Barca because of our philosophy.”