Alonso rejects Mourinho’s exit rumors – Praises him for improved form
There are few players who have lived up to their expectations in the Spanish league after making a switch from the English Premier League. Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso happens to be one of them.
The Spanish midfielder has been a figure of stability for Real Madrid since moving into the club from Liverpool in 2009. Liverpool, who were paid £30 million in return, have been missing Xabi Alonso ever since and Real Madrid now know why.
Xabi Alonso is the kind of player that helps solve problems on the field, whether it’s in the attack or defense. The 31-year-old Spain international claims Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has helped him improve his game in recent years.
The Spaniard hailed the Bernabeu boss and lauded him for helping on personal and professional level. Jose Mourinho, who helped Real Madrid to the La Liga title last season, has been unable to break Barcelona’s stranglehold on the league crown this season.
Locker-room rumors suggest Jose Mourinho will not continue as the manager of Real Madrid next season. Mourinho and Co. are currently sitting third on the La Liga table, below second-placed archrivals Atletico Madrid and La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Real Madrid are also tipped for an exit from the Champions League. The Spanish club drew 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu against Manchester United. Now, Los Blancos face the daunting task of defeating Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. at the Old Trafford.
The Portuguese tactician has been under scrutiny for Real Madrid’s form, which is why he is expected to quit this summer. Xabi Alonso believes it’s not right to criticize Mourinho. The central midfielder claims the Real Madrid locker-room is united behind Mourinho.
“I hear about everything and see the differences between what really happens and what gets published,” Xabi Alonso told Vanity Fair Magazine in an interview. “There is no rift in the dressing room. We can’t spend all our time denying it. We are, and have to be, a team.”
Alonso, who used to play for Real Sociedad before his five-year spell with Liverpool, believes Mourinho is responsible for the improvement in his gameplay.
“He’s very good at connecting with the players and he’s always had to put up with criticism. This year has been more difficult because the team is losing more than normal.
“He’s a smart guy and one of the best managers in the world. I’m grateful to him for making me grow personally and professionally.
“Where he wins you over is in the day-to-day part, face to face. I’m talking about the manager-player relationship. I don’t know about anything else.”